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A discussion on medical device security in a medical center led by Michael Thompson, Medical Device Security Officer at UCSF<

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Medical centers and hospitals are responding to increasing cybersecurity risks as their medical devices are frequently connected to computer networks and the Internet. Medical devices are the riskiest IT/computer systems in the medical enterprise to secure since they are often old, restrictive in software updates/patches, and are at the center of personal health data collection/healthcare delivery.

In this talk, we will discuss what motivates securing medical devices from cyber vulnerabilities, how to detect IT/computer/network related risks, and key steps to improving medical device security at a medical center or hospital.


  • What are the key issues for medical device security?
  • Assessing vulnerabilities in medical devices
  • Monitoring network inventory
  • Key tools
  • Medical Device Cybersecurity at UCSF
  • Goals where want to be in 1, 5, and 10 years.


Michael Thompson Ph.D.

A biomedical engineer and scientist who has spent several decades working in all aspects of medical device development, hospital operations, and enterprise management. He is currently the Medical Device Security Officer at UCSF Health.

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