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Safety first: cybersecurity of assets on clinical networks

Posted by Kevin Fu on Mar 4, 2017 3:39:54 PM

It's been an amazingly busy year for medical device security. In 2015, the average hospital had not heard of ransomware. (We warned of the hospital malware onslaught in 2012!) In 2016, the hospital C-suites began asking us, "Could that happen here??" after neighboring health systems were taken offline for days by malware. Duh, yes. The important question is how will you ensure that hospital operations continue to remain available to deliver patient care despite legacy capital equipment, cybersecurity risks, and the shifting threat landscape.

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

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

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

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