Why I’ve Co-Created a New Conference on Security and Privacy for the Internet of Medical Things

Healthcare

medseclogoThe agenda for the inaugural MEDSec conference, co-founded by myself, Dr. David Klonoff, president of the Diabetes Technology Society, and Rich Nass, executive VP of OpenSystems Media, has been posted and registration is now open.

MEDSec will be held May 23-24 in San Jose, California, and it’s the first international conference covering security and privacy for the Internet of Medical Things.

What makes this conference special is not only its timeliness (severe vulnerabilities discovered in life-critical medical devices, privacy concerns with health-related wearables, the recent spate of hospital ransomware, etc.), but also its comprehensive approach to the topic: instead of being focused on technology or policy, MEDSec will cover both, leveraging a diverse set of experts that include medical device manufacturers, manufacturers of hardware and software technologies used in medical systems, ethical hackers, security evaluators, cybersecurity engineers and researchers, medical device regulators, medical security standards experts, and medical liability attorneys.

MEDSec is a great opportunity to learn and network with a wide range of leaders and experts focused on raising the bar on cybersecurity and privacy across medical devices, networks and systems, something we must do together if we hope to realize the full potential of the connected healthcare opportunity.

Keynote speakers will include FDA’s Suzanne Schwartz, one of the world’s foremost leaders in medical device cybersecurity policy, and Billy Rios, one of the world’s foremost ethical hackers of connected healthcare systems. The full roster of speakers can be found here. I will be presenting the DTSec cybersecurity assurance standard, which is expected to have its first official public release in time for the conference.

Hope you can join me at MEDSec in San Jose May 23-24!

For more about today’s IT security challenges and solutions, join John Hewie, National Security Officer at Microsoft Canada, and me us for our free Executive Panel: Security, Productivity, and the Cloud webcast April 27 at 11 a.m. EDT. We’ll share our perspective on how to balance security with productivity, take more control over your data security and more. Reserve your place by registering today.

About David Kleidermacher

I am dedicated to the vision of a trustworthy, scalable Internet of Things, including mobile devices, connected embedded systems, and cloud infrastructure. I oversee product security strategy as BlackBerry's Chief Security Officer. I am a leading authority in systems software and security, including secure operating systems, virtualization technology, and the application of high robustness security engineering principles to solve computing infrastructure problems. I earned my bachelor of science in computer science from Cornell University and am a frequent speaker and writer in the area of computer security, including delivering the 2014 Embedded World Conference Keynote, "Securing the Internet of Things" and author of the book "Embedded Systems Security", Elsevier 2012.

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