NH-ISAC and MDISS Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FDA Around Collaboration of Medical Device Cybersecurity

A shared interest and collaboration in encouraging the identification, mitigation, and prevention of cybersecurity threats to medical devices fosters a MOU between NH-ISAC, MDISS and FDA

Kennedy Space Center, FL, October 18, 2016 – The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center, (NH-ISAC), the Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security Consortium (MDISS), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) recently signed a MOU to collaborate in areas of mutual interest.

The goals of collaboration include the following:

  1. Create an environment that fosters stakeholder collaboration and communication, and encourages the sharing of information about cybersecurity vulnerabilities that may affect the safety, effectiveness and security of the medical devices, and/or the integrity and security of the surrounding healthcare IT infrastructure;
  2. Develop awareness of the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and enable HPH sector stakeholders to successfully adapt and operationalize the framework for their organizations and products;
  3. Encourage stakeholders within the HPH Sector, to develop innovative strategies to assess and mitigate cybersecurity vulnerabilities that affect their products; and
  4. Build a foundation of trust within the HPH community so that all healthcare technology and medical device stakeholders can directly benefit from the sharing of cybersecurity vulnerability- and/or threat information identified within the HPH Sector, as well as intelligence feeds from other Critical Infrastructure Sectors that may secondarily affect healthcare and the public health.

“We have been collaborating with both MDISS and the FDA for a period of time now and it is rewarding to have this memorandum of understanding in place, which formally outlines our collaboration goals”, says Denise Anderson, President of NH-ISAC, “We look forward to bringing the medical device security community together on several critical issues through our joint efforts.”

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