In the spirit of President Barack Obama’s “Ask Me Anything” session on popular Internet forum Reddit, I’m opening up the proverbial phone lines ahead of next week’s AdvaMed 2012 conference and medtech hacking presentation to solicit any and all questions our readers might have about medical device software threats and security.
On Wednesday, the final day of AdvaMed’s 2012 MedTech Conference, I will moderate a panel of medical device security experts to get a real-world view of the state of medical device hacking and real and perceived threats to patients and healthcare systems, and I want to know what you want to know.
The subject is teeming with possibilities, ranging from obvious questions (who would bother hacking a medical device?) to the seemingly absurd (will patients need anti-virus software for their pacemakers?).
The panel will flesh out the scenarios, discuss the role of regulation and provide some practical tips for beginning to assess security concerns. And we want to make sure we cover the bases of what the industry’s most interested in.
As readers of MassDevice.com, you’ve got an inside line to help shape the conversation. Send questions or comments to Arezu@MassDevice.com and I’ll weave your thoughts into the panel conversation or give them priority during the Q&A following the presentation. Check out MassDevice.com‘s coverage of medical device hacking for inspiration, and send in your questions right away!
Everyone who sends a query will receive a complimentary ebook, "The Hackable Body: The medical device industry’s software security problem." This latest MassDevice.com publication contains our editors’ 3 favorite medical device hacking stories, including the story of an open-source medtech software pioneer and an interview with a team developing wearable medical device accessories that could jam signals from attackers.
Last, but certainly not least, make sure to attend next week’s AdvaMed session, "The Hackable Body – Should We Worry About medical Device Hacking?" on Wednesday, October 3 at 10:45 a.m.
I’ll be moderating a panel of expert guests including:
- Dr. Dale Nordenberg, Founder, Medical Device Innovation, Safety & Security Consortium
- Brian Fitzgerald, Deputy Division Director of Electrical & Software Engineering, FDA/CDRH
- Lynnette Sherrill, Deputy Director of Health Information security, Veterans Administration
- Santhosh Nair, General Manager, Intelligent Systems Group, Wind River, Intel Corporation
See you there!