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March 1, 2018 – Network-Connected Medical Devices: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Examining IoT Security and Blockchain Technologies

According to Rick Reid of Aruba Networks, “An average hospital room will have between 15 and 20 medical devices, and almost all of them will be networked, either wired or wireless” and “Larger hospital networks can have something like 30,000 computers connected to their network, and over 85,000 connected medical devices.

The surge in internet-connected wearable and remote medical monitoring technologies used outside clinical settings presents even more security concerns.

With medical devices, security is about more than data confidentiality. It’s about safety.

Despite years of warnings and advice from the FDA and industry associations, network-connected medical devices still have problems with malware, network intrusion, and denial of service attacks. Data security efforts have been focused on breaches where data is lost from databases, with less attention given to the vulnerabilities medical devices can introduce when they are connected to the network. Too often, security is thought about too late in design, development, and deployment to adequately address the risks.

How should one think about security throughout the life cycle of network-connected medical devices, from concept and design, through manufacturing, deployment, and use? What is blockchain technology? What are the concepts? And, how might blockchain technology be useful for enhancing medical device security? Please join us for an evening of learning and engagement.

About the Speaker:

David Snyder is an engineer and a data security professional with clinical experience working in ICUs. He helps organizations develop and implement new technologies and keep them secure. His robust list of employers includes Apple, Google, Kaiser, First Data, PayPal, Yahoo!, and various startups focused healthcare systems, electronic payments, mobile applications, and data security. 42TEK, Inc. is his consulting company.

David is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and a California-registered Civil Engineer (PE). He is currently researching ways to use blockchain technology to ensure data quality and security for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including remote patient monitoring and environmental sensors.

David has been the organizer, moderator, or speaker for more than 20 conferences and seminars on healthcare, data security, and payments topics, including the Mobile Health Track for the GMIC-SV mobile conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco in October 2013 and the Blockchain Symposium in Redwood City, CA in June 2016. He will be moderating the Network-Connected Medical Device Security panel at the Symposium on Securing the Internet of Things, March 5-7, 2018 in Burlingame, CA.

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