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KEYNOTE ADDRESS: MEDICAL DEVICE CYBERSECURITY – ENGAGING WITH NON-TECHNICAL STAKEHOLDERS

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: MEDICAL DEVICE CYBERSECURITY – ENGAGING WITH NON-TECHNICAL STAKEHOLDERS

Concerns about the cybersecurity posture of our medical device ecosystem have been growing and so has our awareness of the risk to patient safety, care delivery, and the business of healthcare. With 2017 behind us, we have now seen the first actual impact: hospital shutdown due to the WannaCry Ransomware (including infection of medical devices) as well as a first FDA recall and recommended firmware upgrade of a pacemaker due to a cyber vulnerability. Besides the security and regulatory implications of these events, we also realized how cyber incidents are now impacting and require decisions by care providers and patients. And we find that we are not well equipped to make these new types of complex decisions, how to communicate about them, and how to train the non-technical stakeholders. In this session we will discuss the need for cybersecurity education for the clinical community as well as define the clinicians’ role in cybersecurity. Besides medical decisions resulting from a cyber situation, clinicians are also called on to support a hospital’s procurement process for new medical equipment and actively engage in and support decision making that balances clinical needs with cyber risks. Further, patients are now coming to their care providers with medical device cyber concerns and are looking for advice. Yet, we are ill equipped and have not developed the tools required to make these decisions and to provide sound advice to the patient community.

Axel Wirth, Distinguished Technical Architect, Symantec