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Axel Wirth | 23 Oct 2014 | 1 comment

Like with my previous post on this topic, I am using a quote from one of the presenters to report on Day 2 of the public FDA workshop on “Collaborative Approaches for Medical Device and Healthcare Cybersecurity”. And like with my previous post, this quote is a good indicator of the spirit of the day. It is time to move - and we are.

It was reported that the workshop had 200 registrants, requiring the creation of an overflow room, and that Day 1 drew 1100 remote participants!

In his opening keynote Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the president and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, called cybersecurity one of the defining challenges of the 21st century and referred to it as a “wicked” problem (drawing applause from the Bostonians in the audience) due to its complex nature: technical, scientific, economical, political, and human. He pointed out that we don’t really...

Axel Wirth | 21 Oct 2014 | 0 comments

The title is probably a good quote to reflect the spirit of the first day of the public workshop on “Collaborative Approaches for Medical Device and Healthcare Cybersecurity”, jointly hosted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS).

The number one takeaway from today is the unprecedented collaborative spirit across all stakeholders. Not only the government agencies hosting the event, but across healthcare providers, medical device manufacturers, and security experts. Numerous discussion panels and plenty of audience participation made one thing clear: everybody recognizes the need to address the problem of medical device cyber-vulnerability and everybody is willing to let their guard down and constructively contribute to the solution.

As discussions revealed, the problem is complex and the solution will need to combine technical, procedural, workflow, regulatory, legal, and policy...

Axel Wirth | 26 Aug 2014 | 0 comments

Why this post?

Over the past few months we have seen a number of reports on breaches of healthcare organizations and medical device manufacturers where the suspected or documented target was intellectual property data related to medical devices.  Some of these recent cases have received wide press coverage.

As a result, the FBI has issued a warning to US healthcare companies that they may be the target of further cyberattacks (FBI warns healthcare firms they are targeted by hackers). The document indicated that several companies in the sector had been targeted and intellectual property, rather than personal data or PHI, may be the main target of the attacks.

"These actors have also been seen targeting multiple companies in the healthcare and medical device industry typically targeting valuable intellectual property...

David Finn | 11 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

One of the great things about being the Health IT Officer at a big security firm is that no one really knows what you do.  I get to slip quietly back and forth between customers who are dealing with the reality, to sales teams, or to product teams and to marketers, to Symantec partners (both real and imagined), to software and hardware vendors and to industry associations.  It gives you a bigger view of what is going on.  And it is impossible to think of the bigger picture in Health IT without thinking of HIMSS Annual Conference.  And it is never bigger than when it is in Orlando!

Recently I got some information from HIMSS regarding the upcoming HIMSS14 and topics that attendees will be focused on.  They had a great infographic that included a section showing what topics people would be looking for at HIMSS.  All the usual suspects were there:  MU, ICD-10, Analytics, HIE, mHealth, Interoperability, EHR, Privacy and Security . . . ...

David Finn | 22 Jan 2012 | 0 comments

Well, this is the time of year when everyone involved in health information technology, directly and indirectly, from the providers, payers, government, banking, venture capitalists and vendors begin to turn their attention to HIMSS.  This year HIMSS is in Las Vegas - -  after a long absence from this venue.  For many years, Vegas didn’t have the classroom capacity required but that has changed and HIMSS will be making a return engagement in February.  First, remember we’re on a new schedule this year Monday through Friday (February 20 – February 24).

If you haven’t booked rooms or travel, get on it!  If you haven’t registered better get that done, too.  And then start working on your “dance card”.  The days fill up fast and five days at CHIME & HIMSS disappears very quickly.  And that is just educational sessions, booth visits and professional association meetings or Symposia.  Don...