October 2017 Archives

Winterizing Your Motorcycle

For many motorcyclists across the country, the end of fall marks a crucial maintenance time for their cycles. Some fortunate riders enjoy year round suitable cycling climate. If you are not one of the fortunate, you need to follow a few important steps to protect your cycle over the winter months ahead.

Body cameras, now gun cameras? Some police trying them out.

A small number of police departments are showing interest in a new type of video camera that can be mounted directly on officers' guns, saying it may offer a better view of officer-involved shootings than body cameras. Some law enforcement officials and civil rights groups are skeptical.

How Police Body Cameras Work

In a small city about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, a criminologist and a police chief conducted a study on the effects of body cameras on policing Police Foundation. For all of 2012, the Rialto, California, police department put body cameras on half its uniformed patrol officers at a time and tracked two variables: incidents involving police use of force and civilian complaints against officers [source: Farrar and Ariel].

October marks the beginning of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month,

October marks the beginning of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the goal of which is to encourage the public and industry to appreciate the importance of cybersecurity and remain constantly vigilant when it comes to the technology we rely on every day - including medical devices. As technology continues to connect, transform and evolve at a rapid pace, cybersecurity threats are never far behind. Medical devices have become increasingly interconnected through wired and wireless connections, providing significant benefits to patients, health care providers, and health care institutions. But interconnected devices can be more vulnerable to cybersecurity threats, which could potentially impact patient safety. The FDA takes medical device cybersecurity very seriously, and we are committed to our mission of mitigating the risks cybersecurity vulnerabilities can pose to patient safety and the public health, without decreasing the benefits of interconnected medical devices. The FDA works with industry to identify cybersecurity issues that manufacturers should consider in the design and development of their medical devices. But, medical device cyber safety is a large and shared responsibility that requires diligence from all stakeholders, including: medical device manufacturers, government agencies, health care organizations, health care professionals, cybersecurity researchers, and medical device users. The FDA works with several public and private organizations including the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center (NH-ISAC), and the Medical Device Innovation, Safety, and Security Consortium (MDISS), and the Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). These partnering efforts serve to raise awareness of medical device safety and cybersecurity in health care and public health, and also to foster collaboration, information sharing, and coordinated vulnerability disclosure policies and practices. The FDA reminds everyone to remain aware, vigilant, and committed each day to employing cybersecurity best practices and good cyber hygiene. Although we will constantly find new gaps and face new challenges in medical device cybersecurity, we must remain committed to working together to protect public health.

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