Hack Attack: Biopharma Cyber Chiefs Fight Back
News that Merck & Co was affected by the recent global ransomware attack hits home the increasing importance of cybersecurity. In Vivo recently hosted a roundtable of information security officers on how to prepare for the growing threat of cyber attack.
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A Symantec cybersecurity expert says that while there have been no reports so far of medical devices being affected by the new Petya ransomware worm, device companies should not underestimate its threat and need to work with partners, including hospitals, to prevent potential harm to patients.
Preventing cyberattacks on medical technology occupies the waking thoughts of device software manufacturers, but the global ransomware episode in mid-May shows that companies must also be alive to threat posed to their provider customers.