Medical Device Security: Trick or Treat?

A complimentary Webinar from Virta Labs
Monday, October 31, 2016 @ 12:00pm ET (9:00am PT)

Fu-senate.jpgToday, it would be difficult to find medical device technology that does not critically depend on computer software. Network connectivity and wireless communication have transformed the delivery of patient care. The technology often enables patients to lead more normal and healthy lives. However, medical devices that rely on software (e.g., drug infusion pumps, linear accelerators, pacemakers) also inherit the pesky cybersecurity risks endemic to computing. Healthcare delivery organizations struggle to maintain continuity of operations despite inaccurate medical device inventory and cybersecurity risks.  What will we discuss?

  • A history of medical device security and engineering standards
  • How to ensure security tools do not interfere with clinical workflow
  • What medical device vendors are doing (and not doing) to improve security
  • What’s hype, what’s real, and what's merely spooky

Biography: Dr. Kevin Fu, Ph.D., is credited for his role in establishing the field of medical device security beginning with the 2008 IEEE paper on defibrillator security. He is CEO, Chief Scientist, and Co-Founder of Virta Labs, Inc. He also directs the Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security at the University of Michigan. Dr. Fu has testified in the House and Senate on matters of information security and has written commissioned work on trustworthy medical device software for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He co-chaired the AAMI Working Group on Medical Device Security that produced the AAMI TIR 57 on principles for medical device security and risk management. He taught investigators at the HHS Office of the Inspector General on how to audit for medical device security.  He served as a visiting scientist at the Food & Drug Administration, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical School, Microsoft Research, and MIT CSAIL. He was a member of NIST Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board. Dr. Fu was named MIT Technology Review TR35 Innovator of the Year. He received his B.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. from MIT. 

This free we-boo-nar will provide a glimpse into the risks, benefits, ghouls, and regulatory issues for medical device cybersecurity and innovation of trustworthy medical device software. 

This webinar is limited to healthcare delivery organizations, but other stakeholders may sign up here for future events!

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