Simon Cowley
[Department of Health, Victorian Government ]
Simon Cowley is a Principal Cybersecurity Officer at the Department of Health, Victoria.

Simon is based in the Digital Health Branch and works across the Victorian public health sector on assurance activities, cybersecurity initiatives and cyber incident response.

Simon has significant experience in cybersecurity for medical devices and prior to joining the Department of Health, was a biomedical engineer with over 15 years of experience in healthcare technology management at public hospitals, specialising in network connected medical devices.

Medical Device Security: Challenges and Practical Solutions

Medical devices are a regulated health technology, extensively used for the diagnostic, monitoring and treatment of patients in health services. As medical device technology advances, the capabilities and functionality of medical devices has become more digitised and interconnected. This increase in digital complexity also increases the cybersecurity risk through hardware and software vulnerabilities, along with increased exposure to network and internet-based threats.

This presentation will provide an overview of the threat landscape and risk to patient safety of insecure medical devices, dispel myths on what can and can't be done to secure medical devices and provide practical solutions for medical device security that can be implemented at a health service.

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