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Back to Business: Continuity of Clinical Operations

Posted by Ben Ransford on Sep 6, 2016 3:53:33 PM
Virta Labs provides a managed cybersecurity service to help hospitals manage their clinical assets and ensure continuity of operations. But our team has an interesting history: we coauthored the first research on cardiac implant security in 2008 and have published extensively on medical device security since then.  As a result, we recently received a flood of technical questions unrelated to our normal menu of services. Virta Labs engineers took time away from building BlueFlow to provide a seminar, white paper, and consultations and to develop our own scientific experimental methods. We're glad that the industry is developing interest in improving medical device security as we've urged for nearly a decade. While this was a necessary and important diversion for us, we are getting back to our core business and clinical tests of BlueFlow.

We have no financial relationship with Muddy Waters Research LLC, St. Jude Medical, or MedSec Ltd. We plan to release a peer-reviewed report shortly so that the greater community may analyze our findings and results.
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Topics: Medical Device Security, Clinical Engineering, Healthcare IT, Asset Discovery, Medical Device Risk Scoring, Shadow IT, Vulnerability Scanning, Clinical Databases, Medical Device Risk Assessments

OCR on ransomware and why inventory matters

Posted by Kevin Fu on Jul 13, 2016 8:19:46 PM

This blog post is about the long awaited fact sheet from HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) on ransomware, and why you should take this one seriously in terms of having an accurate inventory of networked medical devices to reduce the probability of enjoying the pleasure of reporting a breach to OCR.

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Topics: Healthcare Cybersecurity, Ransomware, Medical Device Security, Legacy Medical Devices, Asset Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Inventory Management, Clinical Security, CMMS

Don't Let Ransomware Be The JBoss Of You

Posted by Michael Holt on May 3, 2016 11:15:00 AM

Ransomware is just the tip of the iceberg.

As we roll out BlueFlow™, we wanted to take some time to share two quick graphics with you that we've used to help us frame our conversations with healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs).

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Topics: Healthcare Cybersecurity, Ransomware, Medical Device Security, Breaches, Network Assets, Enterprise Security, Network Security, Network Scanning, Inventory Discovery, Vulnerability Management, Downtime

FDA Postmarket Cybersecurity Guidance Respects Clinical Workflow

Posted by Michael Holt on Apr 26, 2016 2:28:56 PM

Last week, the Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) closed the public comment period on the draft guidelines for Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices.

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Topics: FDA, Healthcare Cybersecurity, Ransomware, Medical Device Security, Clinical Security, Clinical Information Systems, Medical Device ePHI

Virta Labs Receives $750K Grant for Healthcare Security

Posted by Ann Gookin on Mar 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Ann Arbor, MI, March 25, 2016 — Healthcare security company Virta Laboratories, Inc. received a $750K grant from the NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Virta Labs provides solutions for hospitals and medical device manufacturers to measure and visualize exposure to cybersecurity risks without interrupting clinical workflow. The company plans to use the federal grant to extend its product lines into healthcare delivery organizations that face serious cybersecurity challenges. Virta Labs received a Phase I grant from the same program in 2015.

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Topics: Healthcare Cybersecurity, NSF SBIR, Medical Device Security, Healthcare IoT, Clinical Engineering, Connected Medical Devices

INTERN SPOTLIGHT: JESSICA HACKS MEDICAL DEVICES

Posted by Ann Gookin on Jan 26, 2016 4:33:24 PM

I asked our (now famous) intern Jessica to share a sampling of some of the "crazier" things she's seen during her time at Virta.  Read on for a selection of her findings while poking around on some medical devices.

 

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Topics: RECRUITING, Healthcare Cybersecurity, Medical Device Security, Healthcare IoT, COTS, Connected Medical Devices

FDA's Draft Guidance: The Long and the Short Of It

Posted by Ben Ransford on Jan 20, 2016 2:28:41 PM

People have been asking us all week for our opinions on the FDA's new postmarket cybersecurity draft guidance.  All three of Virta Labs' founders have been active in this area, with extensive research in applied security and longstanding support for collaborative efforts:

... among other things.  And we're thrilled to see that the FDA has taken the significant step of issuing this document.

We read the draft guidance so that you could tl;dr and get back to your own job.  Here are the highlights, as we see them.

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Topics: FDA, Healthcare Cybersecurity, Medical Device Security, Clinical Engineering, Healthcare IT, Clinical Information Security

INTERN SPOTLIGHT: Jessica Wilson

Posted by Ann Gookin on Jan 19, 2016 6:09:04 PM

In our last post, we brought you some information about internships at Virta Labs and our recruiting process.

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Topics: RECRUITING, Healthcare Cybersecurity, Medical Device Security, Legacy Medical Devices

Internships at Virta Labs

Posted by Ann Gookin on Jan 15, 2016 4:37:34 PM

Recently we've been fielding a lot of questions about internships at Virta Labs ('tis the season), and we wanted to share some answers to the questions we hear most often.  We're always happy to hear from prospective candidates. tl;dr: get in touch if you're amazing and you want to take ownership of a meaningful project during an internship.

Also, keep your eyes peeled in the coming days for an interview with hacker extraordinaire and current intern Jessica Wilson.

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Topics: RECRUITING, Healthcare Cybersecurity, Clinical Security, Healthcare IT, Internet of Things / IoT

New year, new blog, and big news!

Posted by Ann Gookin on Jan 13, 2016 7:02:48 PM

Happy 2016!

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Topics: SXSW, Healthcare Cybersecurity, NSF SBIR, Clinical Security, Healthcare IT

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