Josh Corman: Securing Healthcare – a Digital Upgrade for the Hippocratic Oath

Hospitals and medical device manufacturers are years behind when it comes to online security, but the first step in fixing any problem is admitting that you have a problem.

When Josh Corman co-founded global grassroots organization I Am The Cavalry, his goal was to focus on every area where bits and bytes meet flesh and blood. The group first addressed the automotive industry by helping to provide guidelines to better secure connected cars.

Corman has now shifted his concern to the healthcare industry, which has faced massive cybersecurity challenges in recent years, such as ransomware attacks that have shut down operations at major hospitals.

Watch the full video interview with Josh Corman here:

VIDEO: Josh Corman Interviewed at RSA 2017

While the situation is bad, Corman is buoyed by the fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the medical device community recognizes the problem and the urgency to fix it. He’s already helped develop a Hippocratic Oath for connected medical devices.

In fact, his operation is going so well that Congress told other regulated agencies to look more like the collaboration between I Am the Cavalry and the FDA.

The real problem, he says, is that hospitals are simply not prepared for the digital onslaught that’s currently assaulting them. Many sizable hospitals are severely behind with the digital times. Most have no security budget and no security staff. Compounding the problem, they often use antiquated systems such as Windows XP machines, that have passed their days of patching/ upgrades and are extremely vulnerable to attack.

“We’ve got some uncomfortable truths here and some uncomfortable policy implications when we report back to Congress in about a month,” says Corman, when we interviewed him at RSA 2017. “But when you know you’ve got really big problems, you have (Read more...)

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