MDS2 Community

Join the MDS2 community to share MDS2 documents with other IoT Security users.
You can share Manufacturer Disclosure Statement for Medical Device Safety (MDS2) files with other IoT Security users through the MDS2 community. To join, you must first upload at least one MDS2 file. After that, an invitation to join the community appears on the MDS2 page in the IoT Security portal. When you accept the invitation and join the community, you gain immediate access to previously uploaded MDS2 files from other community members. At the same time, Palo Alto Networks security engineers review your uploaded files. If they are approved, IoT Security then shares your files with other community members. In this spirit of cooperation, everyone benefits from the files shared with each other.
If members upload duplicate MDS2 files (that is, more than one file applies to the same vendor, profile, and model), IoT Security uses the following logic in order from the top to prioritize one over another and automatically apply it to your devices:
  • If an MDS2 file is excluded, do not use it.
  • Use a manually selected MDS2 file over an automatically selected file.
  • Use an MDS2 file that you uploaded.
  • Use an MDS2 file that’s shared in the community.
  • Use a version of an MDS2 file released later than another version.
  • Use a later format version of an MDS2 file over an earlier format; for example, use a 2017 MDS2 file instead of a 2013 format version.
If you want, you can override the automatic MDS2 file selection and apply a different file of your choice. See the last step below for instructions.
  1. Join the MDS2 community.
    1. Navigate to
      Administration
      MDS2
      .
      IoT Security displays three values at the top of the page:
      • Files Matched
        – The number of MDS2 files that match medical IoT devices in your inventory
      • Files Uploaded
        – The number of MDS2 files you have uploaded to IoT Security
      • Devices Matched
        – The number of medical IoT devices matching uploaded MDS2 files
    2. Click
      Learn More
      in the blue bar at the top of the MDS2 Files Matched table.
    3. After reading the explanation of how it works, click
      Join Now
      .
      After you join, a message of congratulations appears. It explains that IoT Security will automatically match available MDS2 files in the community with your devices.
      A new value appears at the top of the page:
      Files Available in Community
      . These are files that other community members have uploaded and that Palo Alto Networks security engineers have reviewed and approved for community sharing.
      The Source column in the table has two values—
      Upload
      and
      Community
      —to indicate how the file entered IoT Security.
  2. View your uploaded MDS2 files and shared community files.
    1. On the
      Administration
      MDS2
      page, click <number>
      Files Available in Community
      .
      The
      Administration
      MDS22
      MDS2 Files
      page opens with two tabs: one for the files you uploaded (
      Uploaded Files
      ) and one for files shared in the community (
      Community Files
      ).
      The table provides key details about the MDS2 file: the vendor, profile, model, and software version it applies to; how many devices in your inventory it matches; the format version of the MDS2 file; and when it was uploaded to IoT Security.
      The table on the Community Files page provides almost all the same information as that on the Uploaded Files page except for the date the file was uploaded.
  3. If there are shared MDS2 files that you don’t want IoT Security to apply to your devices, exclude them.
    You might not want IoT Security to apply one or more community files to your medical IoT devices, perhaps because you prefer a different version for some reason. In this case, you can exclude them from the automatic selection process.
    1. Navigate to
      Administration
      MDS2
      MDS2 Files
      Community Files
      , select the check box of an MDS2 file you want to exclude from the automatic selection process.
      Exclude
      and
      Download
      buttons appear above the table.
    2. Click
      Exclude
      .
      If you change your mind, repeat these steps but click
      Include
      instead of
      Exclude
      . IoT Security displays an
      Include
      button for previously excluded MDS2 files.
  4. If there are duplicate MDS2 files and you want to use something different from what IoT Security automatically selected, manually override the selection.
    When more than one MDS2 file applies to the same vendor, profile, and model, you might want IoT Security to apply a different MDS2 file other than the one it automatically selected. For example, you might choose an earlier format version if your medical IoT devices are running earlier software versions and this MDS2 file applies to them more accurately than a later one would.
    1. Click an MDS2 file name on the
      Administration
      MDS2
      page.
      The information panel that opens on the right side of the page lists duplicate MDS files in order of priority.
      The information panel for a file you uploaded includes an
      Edit
      option, but the panel for a community-shared file does not.
    2. To compare two duplicate files, either click or hover your cursor over
      Compare
      . IoT Security compares it with the currently applied file. In the example shown here, you can see that the first MDS2 file is prioritized because it has a software version whereas the second file does not.
    3. To use a different file, click its name and then click
      Use
      <file-name>
      instead
      .
      The name of your selected file now appears in the File Name column and is shown as
      Current
      in the information panel.

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