|Medtronic Statement on Medical Device Security|
Medtronic takes device security and any threat to patient safety seriously. Medtronic is actively engaged with security research firms and regularly conducts and uses independent assessments to improve the security of our systems. We continuously monitor the security of our devices and if new vulnerabilities are revealed, Medtronic will assess whether additional security measures can be implemented without compromising the therapy that the device is designed to deliver to patients.
The security risk specifically for implantable cardiac devices is low, because of the communications used with these devices:
While the likelihood of a malicious security breach of a patient’s device is low – and we are not aware of any security breaches involving patients implanted with cardiac devices – Medtronic has addressed device security in the design development process by implementing measures to safeguard patient safety.
We continue to assess the security of our devices. If new vulnerabilities are revealed, Medtronic will assess whether additional security measures can be implemented without compromising the therapy which the device is designed to deliver for patients.
Medtronic acknowledges the continued contributions made by the academic community toward the advancement of implantable medical device security and patient safety. We welcome the opportunity to work with security experts, government regulators and other stakeholders to make devices as secure as possible.