Sunday, September 28, 2014

FDA to hold workshop on medical device security

Every workshop needs a bench and a good dremel.
Photo credit: Travis Goodspeed
Update: The FDA workshop on medical device security filled to capacity, so there is now a wait list. But the webcast remains available.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you have probably heard the announcement about the FDA Workshop on Collaborative Approaches for Medical Device and Healthcare Cybersecurity. Or as the Google translation service explains (select translate Government-ese to English): it's an FDA workshop on medical device security.

This workshop is a follow up to the draft FDA guidance on cybersecurity published in 2013 [here and here].

FDA workshops typically provide time to hear from a broad set of interest groups and stakeholders. In the hallways, you will likely see representatives or lobbyists from manufacturing associations, patient groups, physician groups, the cybersecurity industry, and more. And what might be surprising to the jaded reader: most attendees want the same thing, improved medical device security.

I will be moderating one of the technical panels at the FDA workshop, but I look forward to hearing the perspectives from all the panels.

Here's a quick look back at selected moments in medical device security history so you can prepare for the meeting of minds:
This list is far from complete, so feel free to suggest other moments of medical device security history by posting a comment on this blog along with a link to primary sources of written reports, videos, etc.  Keep the bulleted text to one line.

Several other research papers on medical device security can be found on the archive. You can also find all the blog postings indexed at  

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