This week FDA released several crucial guidance documents that are strongly relevant to cybersecurity. In regulatory fashion, the documents have very different names and are easy to tell apart, making it easy to talk about them at the same time.
That thumping sound is the drumbeat of healthcare cybersecurity news stories. Ransomware, malware, spyware, records theft, covered entities, breaches. Suddenly hospital board members are asking questions about cybersecurity preparedness. That's healthy.
When the board starts knocking, well-meaning CISOs and security teams spring into action, ordering up assessments and other services from a growing cottage industry of third-party security consultants. That's healthy too — healthcare is one of many industries that needs an ecosystem of support around security activities.
The best assessments are sound, complete, and actionable. The worst ones ain't.
Given a statement of work from a third-party assessor, how can you tell whether it's sound, complete, and actionable? That's for a forthcoming post. This post is about one kind of unhelpful assessment: the kind that's only a penetration test.
How is your health system recognizing October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month? Last year, we were invited to speak in an exclusive webinar for clinical engineers and IT staff at the 12 hospitals within the University of California Health System. This year, we help hospitals recognize National Cybersecurity Awareness Month in two ways. First, we co-authored a commentary in Modern Healthcare with our colleagues from AAMI, UMHS, and BIDMC on why hospitals need better cybersecurity, not more fear. Second, we decided to make a live webinar available to any health system! To learn more, sign up for our Halloween Medical Device Security webinar.
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.
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.