Mayo Clinic’s Kevin McDonald on Improving Security in Healthcare

Mayo Clinic’s Kevin McDonald on Improving Security in Healthcare

Written by Nikki McDonald
08 December 2017 –



Given the increase in ransomware attacks over the past year, healthcare organizations are making medical device security a top priority. At this year’s Medical Device Security 101 Conference, attendees will learn how to identify their biggest security challenges and develop solutions to protect their data and their patients.

In this interview with conference co-chair Kevin McDonald, Director of Clinical Information Security at Mayo Clinic, Kevin talks about what healthcare providers can learn by attending the conference, the biggest security challenges facing healthcare today, and the two things healthcare providers can do right now to improve security and protect patients.

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Bill Aerts Joins Archimedes as New Deputy Director

Bill Aerts Joins Archimedes as New Deputy Director

Written by Nikki McDonald
20 July 2017 –

The Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security is pleased to announce that Bill Aerts has joined Archimedes as its deputy director. In this part-time role, Aerts will lead Archimedes’ efforts to support and guide health delivery organizations and medical device manufacturers as they work to make devices safer and more secure.

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Professor to Congress: 'Internet of Things security is woefully inadequate'

Professor to Congress: 'Internet of Things security is woefully inadequate'

Written by Nicole Casal Moore
22 November 2016 –

As the Internet of Things grows around us, so do the threat of cybersecurity breaches severe enough to shut down hospitals and other vital infrastructure, a Michigan Engineering professor told federal lawmakers this week.

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Commentary: Hospitals need better cybersecurity, not more fear

Commentary: Hospitals need better cybersecurity, not more fear

Written by Kevin Fu
14 September 2016 –

We’ve seen unprecedented attention to medical-device security after an unorthodox report was recently released by short-selling investment research firm Muddy Waters Capital and MedSec, which alleged security vulnerabilities in St. Jude Medical’s pacemakers. An independent research team subsequently raised doubts about some of the clinical claims made by the report. St. Jude Medical, meanwhile, has filed a lawsuit disputing the allegations in the same report.

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Correlation is Not Causation: Electrical Analysis of St. Jude Implant Shows Normal Pacing

Correlation is Not Causation: Electrical Analysis of St. Jude Implant Shows Normal Pacing

Written by Kevin Fu
30 August 2016 –

St. Jude Merlin Error Indicators Are Not Evidence of Malfunction

Here’s an abbreviated technical analysis of some claims by Muddy Waters and St. Jude regarding pacemaker/defibrillator security.

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How to Make Medical Devices More Secure

Written by Nikki McDonald
08 July 2016 –

Former Medtronic Director of Product Security Bill Aerts took some time recently to discuss the new security challenges arising from the IoT of medical devices, how to put together a strong security program, and the current state of medical device security (and how we can fix it).

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Archimedes Circular Podcast 0x01: Co-Chairs of the AAMI Medical Device Security Working Group

Written by Kevin Fu
02 May 2016 –

Welcome to the inaugural Archimedes Circular Podcast. Today, Dr. Kevin Fu interviews the co-chairs of the AAMI Working Group on Medical Device Security ahead of the release of its Technical Information Report 57 to medical device manufacturers on specific security engineering methods designed to help satisfy regulatory expectations of cybersecurity in the 510(k) and PMA processes.

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