On March 12, 2008, the New York Times reported about a team of computer security researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Universities of Washington and Massachusetts that able to gain wireless access and reprogram a combination heart defibrillator and pacemaker to deliver potentially fatal jolts of electricity to a person with the device. Since that zero day nine years ago, the health care industry has moved up to top of the list for cybersecurity attacks. Since that zero day nine years ago, millions of pacemakers have been implanted worldwide. Since that zero day nine years ago, the mobile device market has been forecasted to have 8-Billion-dollar market value by 2019.
So as we begin Cybersecurity Awareness Month, what should healthcare organizations do to protect patients and their connected medical devices from being compromised? In this episode of Code Red, we discuss the impact that connected health will have on medical device security with HIMSS Privacy & Security Committee member Cathy Petrozinno, Principal, Cybersecurity Partnerships and Information Privacy at MITRE Corporation.
Catherine M. Petrozzino, CIPP/G/US/IT
Principal, Cybersecurity Partnerships and Information Privacy
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The HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum is the nation’s leading event dedicated exclusively to healthcare privacy and security. These premier two-day conferences are held around the country and bring together hundreds of senior executives for thought leadership focused on solving some of the industry’s toughest challenges. The HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum is designed to meet the needs of CIOs, CISOs and other senior health IT leaders. The information shared at the forum is practical, solutions-based and actionable – designed to help with planning, coordination and oversight. Each event offers the opportunity to learn of industry developments, network with peers, and discuss key topical issues. Topics covered include: cloud security; cybersecurity; HIPAA; identity & access management; incident response; medical device security; vendor management; and more. The next HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum is scheduled for December 5th to the 7th at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts. Find more information about the upcoming HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum.