May 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Archimedes Research Center for Medical Device Security will hold its annual workshop on May 15-16, 2014 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This invitation-only event brings together solution-oriented experts in medical device manufacturing and computer security to meet and discuss effective ways to improve information security the new FDA guidelines on cybersecurity.

The event is NOT open to the media, and all discussion will be considered off the record unless a speaker expressly gives permission to share. The primary goals are to: (1) introduce experts to each other to solve common problems, and (2) provide engineers with knowledge and anecdotes that help with internal processes to convince executive management on the ROI of improved medical device security.

Confirmed speakers include: Pat Baird, Stephen Boyer, Denis Foo Kune, Ken Hoyme, Phil Lapsley, Gary McGraw, Dale Nordenberg, Arnab Ray, and Harold Thimbleby. New this year we are offering a tutorial on Medical Device Security.

Stay tuned for details on the workshop program and registration, and direct any questions to Jessica Patterson whose email is jcpatt at umich.edu.

Tentative Schedule of Events

The separate tutorial session takes place the morning of Thursday, May 15. The Archimedes Workshop begins at noon on Thursday, May 15 and runs thru Friday, May 16 at noon. Following the workshop is an optional Friday afternoon session at the Henry Ford Museum.

Most attendees come from large or small medical device manufacturers and level-I trauma centers. Most attendees have backgrounds in system engineering, regulatory affairs, and/or patient safety. Attendees recognize the growing problem of medical device security, but seek to meaningfully define the problem such that it becomes technically solvable, scientifically measurable, humanly acceptable, and economically feasible.

All discussion will be considered OFF THE RECORD unless a speaker expressly gives permission to share. The primary goals are to: (1) introduce experts to each other to solve common problems, and (2) provide engineers with knowledge and anecdotes that show the ROI of improved medical device security. The agenda consists of a tutorial (separate registration), presentations by invited speakers as well as small break-out groups on focused topics to define problem spaces and find common ground. Registration include the following meals: Thursday, May 15th: Breakfast (for tutorials attendees), Lunch, and Dinner; Friday, May 16th: Breakfast and Lunch For those interested, there is an optional event to The Henry Ford Museum after the workshop concludes on Friday. The Henry Ford Museum is 12-acre facility that has a variety of artifacts, steam engines, planes and automobiles. Transportation to and from the museum will be provided.

This workshop is by invitation only. Keep an eye out for future workshops open to Archimedes members.

Workshop principles: No buying, no selling. Check your corporate and institutional affiliations at the door. This event is for technical problem solving and learning how to explain security engineering needs to executive management. Develop a support network of colleagues who are facing the same managerial and technical challenges.

Hotels and Travel

Hotel Reservations: Ann Arbor Regent, $102/night - A discounted rate is available by clicking on "Group Code" on the reservation page and entering the Archimedes Workshop code which is "AMDS". You may also call 800-973-6101 to receive the discounted rate.

For flights, we recommend arriving on Wednesday, May 14th. The agenda begins the morning of May 15th and ends by noon on May 16th. DTW is the closest airport, about 25 minutes from Ann Arbor. All meetings will take place at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. We will provide U-M parking passes.