St. Jude Medical Forms Cybersecurity Advisory Group

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Medical-device maker St. Jude Medical Inc., which has rebuffed allegations that its products are vulnerable to hacking and other electronic threats, is setting up an advisory group to work on increased safeguards against cyberthreats.

The Minnesota company, which is merging with Abbott Laboratories in a deal that would create a combined company with more nearly $9 billion in annual cardiovascular sales, said the Cyber Security Medical Advisory Board will bring together medical and technology experts to weigh in as part of its product development.

"Cyber security is an ongoing challenge for many industries and it is essential that medical device companies have a clinical perspective when assessing the security of their products," said Dr. Leslie A. Saxon, one of the initial members and a professor of medicine at the University of Southern California'sKeck School of Medicine and executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing.

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