Clinical engineers (CE) and biomeds need to be in the loop if healthcare organizations can hope to address cybersecurity risks.
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.
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.
Topics: Medical Device Security, Clinical Engineering, Healthcare IT, Asset Discovery, Medical Device Risk Scoring, Shadow IT, Vulnerability Scanning, Clinical Databases, Medical Device Risk Assessments
People have been asking us all week for our opinions on the FDA's new postmarket cybersecurity draft guidance.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:
- raising the flag on potential issues in 2008;
- demonstrating the first attacks on a medical implant;
- signal-injection attacks in the analog domain;
- building novel nonintrusive defenses;
- organizing a series of successful workshops to bring together stakeholders for constructive discussions;
- conducting meta-analysis of postmarket security monitoring; and
- educating the National Academy of Engineering and numerous government bodies about the risks and rewards of medical device security
We read the draft guidance so that you could tl;dr and get back to your own job.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.
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.