FDA Issues New Guidelines to Prevent Pacemaker Hacking

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Back now with our big board. Tory Johnson with us. Happy new year. Happy new year. We're going to begin with new action from the fda to deal with a potentially deadly cyber threat. Could hackers break into medical devices like pacemakers. Remember seeing that play out in an episode of "Homeland." Take a look. Oh! Call the doctor. They got the vice-president's pacemaker. Brad Garrett joins us now. That was fiction, Brad, but millions of Americans use pacemakers, so how vulnerable are they and how would a hacking play out? George, they are extremely vulnerable. A number of white hat hackers have been hired by the mayo clinic and others to look at the devices in their hospitals. They virtually were able to hack every device that they looked at. It is a really epidemic problem that we don't talk a lot about. And Brad, you know, George also mentioned about the fda. What is the fda doing and others to do something against these threats? Well, here's the issue. The fda has issued recommendations to the medical device companies to change their security apparatus because many of these devices virtually have hard wired passwords that can be easily hacked. The real component here is the hospital, the medical provider who buys the equipment. They're telling these companies either get us up to speed security-wise or we're not going to buy your product. Yeah, scary when you think about that. Brad, thank you very much. Imagine leaving the office and not having to -- this would be wonderful -- not stress about work e-mails. That dream is now a reality for millions in France. The country's new right to disconnect law taking effect over the weekend, allowing workers to legally ignore e-mails after hours. Tory, this is the law. That is the law. That is only a dream here. But you know what, it's very real, very significant because the reality is it's designed to combat the extraordinary issue of e-mail anxiety, workplace stress caused by it. We walk out of the office but we never really leave work because we are always attached to our devices. There's a flip side to that as well. You don't have to be in the office as much. That's certainly a good point. I don't think here we're ever going to see any kind of federal legislation that allow us to disconnect. But just as we've spent a lot segments in this very studio talking over the last year about all kinds of parental leave policies, I think this might be a new area of overall employee wellness where some company says we're going to create a digital timeout, a period of e-mail blockout. I think we could see that from a company's perspective. Before that happens, what are other things we can do? First, self-regulate. That's the easiest thing that all of us can do. No tech at the table during dinner. So easy. Extend that for an additional maybe 30 minutes, 40 minutes. Don't try to go cold Turkey and disappearing answering your e-mail if you're somebody who's always responsive. Communicate, say to people, I'm not going to be available tonight on e-mail. If you need me, call me. E-mail is quick to fire off but if you have to actually call somebody, you think that conversation can wait until the morning. And I think for bosses, set boundaries. If you are a boss, maybe send fewer e-mails. Maybe be the one to take the lead or so say I'm going to label, this is not urgent. This can wait. This is for tomorrow. I think the onus is on bosses to not expect immediate responses and I think that could lower some of the anxiety. But the mantra for 2017 I think is work hard, rest hard. Those two things I think we need both. I read that in the "New York Times". I love that. That's my mantra. To be our best, do both. You know what, I understand what you're saying about the work e-mails but it's also social media. We were on vacation in Puerto Rico, and at dinner this entire family, they were on their devices. I'm like, look at the ocean. I could not -- I couldn't get over it. I couldn't get over that. Leave the device. If you don't bring it to the table, it helps to have more conversation, better communication and you enjoy your meal and your family time, or the ocean. We are going to keep enforcing that rule in our house. Good luck. Exactly. Thanks, tore I. Coming up next, we're

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