Cybersecurity Threats to Medical Devices

Cybersecurity Threats to Medical Devices - Webinar CD/Transcript

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There’s a growing concern in the medical device industry: cybersecurity. The FDA is issuing new guidances. Security researchers have published serious vulnerabilities, and patient safety is at stake. Bad publicity and potentially huge financial consequences are on the horizon. Are you ready?

Earlier this year, security experts decided to see how easy it would be to hack into medical devices in hospitals. They stopped at 300 breaches.

Are devicemakers ready to face the threat of cyber criminals? Short answer: No. Longer answer: Not even close.

And guess what? The FDA knows it.

In June, the FDA issued a safety communication, Cybersecurity for Medical Devices and Hospital Networks, that sounded the alarm. Devicemakers like you have a lot of catching up to do — and not much time in which to do it.

But help is at hand from security experts at Symantec, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions. Now, a Symantec expert is teaming up with FDAnews to spell out what devicemakers must know.

Axel Wirth, Symantec expert on medical device security, is your guide. In just 90 minutes of intense review, you’ll gain insight into the threat landscape and cybersecurity risks, discover how to evaluate cybersecurity protection programs in your setting and develop new programs to fit your ongoing needs.

Mr. Wirth and FDAnews have developed a cybersecurity program that can jumpstart current efforts. You’ll discover how to:

  • Understand and evaluate the latest device-level protection technology
  • Learn the value of the “Blacklisting/Whitelisting” technique to improve protection via smart risk assessment and management
  • Anticipate limitations constraining embedded systems from protecting your devices against hacks or other intrusions

What will Mr. Wirth cover specifically? Check out this list:

  • The growing risk to medical devices from hacks and attacks
  • Vulnerabilities of embedded software devices connected to networked systems
  • What hackers are after: How changing motivation impacts how we need to defend
  • What we can learn from other industries that are facing similar threats
  • The Stuxnet virus: Its relevance to medical devices
  • A cybersecurity protection strategy for “single-purpose systems”
  • A Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) to protect critical multi-layer systems
  • Tips, tools and case studies from the IHE PCD MEM Working Group
  • Industry resources:  MDISS, IEC 80001-1, NEMA MDS2
  • And much more
  • Medical device software designers and engineers
  • Information technology and system network directors
  • IT security professionals
  • QA/QC directors
  • Regulatory affairs and compliance professionals
  • Compliance officers
  • Training managers

Axel Wirth is National Healthcare Solutions Analyst at Symantec, the Norton Security people. Mr. Wirth is a leading expert on medical device cybersecurity programs and a frequent leader of medical device cybersecurity seminars nationwide. A regular contributor to 24x7 Magazine, he previously held the post of Senior Director-Business Strategies HIS and CIS at Afga HealthCare, and Programs Manager at Siemens.