Healthcare security company MedCrypt announces that its chief security officer, Axel Wirth, will present three sessions at the 2020 HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition regarding medical device cybersecurity. Session details are as follows:

  • “Balancing costs for resource-intensive remediation” will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11. Wirth will present alongside Priyanka Upendra, quality and compliance program director at Banner Health. Attendees will learn how to assess security vulnerabilities using quantitative methods, estimate costs of labor for remediation, and make risk-based mitigation decisions.
  • “Cybersecurity: to be proactive or reactive” will take place from 1:15 to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, in the Cybersecurity Command Center. Wirth will discuss the current approach to securing medical devices, identify strengths and weaknesses of the current industry strategy, and outline necessary changes required to move the industry forward.
  • “Surviving 2020 while planning for 2025” will take place from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. Wirth will discuss the impact of the FDA’s cybersecurity guidance on Healthcare Delivery Organizations (HDO) as it pertains to device security, identify potential challenges HDOs may face, and create awareness for the strategies HDOs have been advocating for.

“A single health care organization may include thousands, if not tens of thousands, of medical devices from hundreds, if not thousands, of medical device manufacturers,” says Wirth. “As we enter a new decade, these numbers will continue to grow, and more of these devices will be networked and integrated with clinical workflows, indicating a critical need for proactive cybersecurity measures to be taken and deployed across the industry. HIMSS provides a platform for key industry players to discuss what’s important and educate on the state and future of healthcare technology.”