security

By Dave Muoio 04:34 pm September 18, 2020
COVID-19 may not be the first pandemic the world has faced, but the virus' challenge comes amidst widespread skepticism of longstanding public health institutions. Government-led responses to outbreaks have varied from country to country, and incongruent messaging between political leaders, health agencies and other sources of information have fueled varying levels of concern and distrust among...
By Dave Muoio 11:48 am September 15, 2020
Medigate, a startup focused on cybersecurity for medical devices and other connected health products, has announced $30 million in Series B funding, bringing the company's lifetime raise to $50 million. Partech led the round, which also saw participation from Maor Investments and prior backers YL Ventures, U.S. Venture Partners and Blumberg Capital. WHAT IT DOES Medigate's platform secures ...
By Dave Muoio 02:52 pm July 21, 2020
Despite very public messaging that the Bluetooth contact-tracing tools for COVID-19 developed by Google and Apple would not track users' locations, its implementation within Android operating systems still collects GPS data that Google could use to determine the user's location, The New York Times reports. The issue is driven by the operating system's device location setting, which must be...
By Dave Muoio 10:29 am April 7, 2020
CyberMDX, a connected medical device and clinical network security firm, announced this morning that it has collected $20 million in new funding. The latest investment brings the startup's total raise to $30 million in total funds. It was headed by Sham (Relyens Group) with participation from prior backers Pitango Venture Capital and Qure Ventures. WHAT THEY DO The company's healthcare...
By Laura Lovett 04:07 pm August 16, 2019
While voice has been touted as an emerging technology with the ability to lower the bar to entry, industry players are now starting to warn of privacy gaps. Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices are now becoming a frequent household item, used for everything from ordering a new wardrobe to helping with homework.  But when used in the medical industry, the technology needs to be administered...
By Jonah Comstock 02:48 pm March 11, 2019
Belfast-based B-Secur has raised €4.7m (£4m) in Series A funding from existing investors Accelerated Digital Ventures and Kernel Capital. This brings their total funding to €11.7m (£10m). What they do B-Secur, whose HeartKey algorithms made a splash this year at CES, is looking to use ECG monitoring in a dual role: both for health and wellness purposes and for biometric identification. The...

Intermountain CISO Karl West speaks on a panel at the HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum. (Photo by Donis Perkins).

By Jonah Comstock 03:38 pm October 22, 2018
As healthcare shifts towards consumerization, a related shift is happening in healthcare information security. The change is from a perimeter model to an identity model and from an emphasis on compliance to one on maturity, Karl West, chief information security officer at Intermountain Healthcare, said in a talk last week at the HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum. “At Intermountain, 80 percent of...
By Dave Muoio 02:27 pm October 18, 2018
Xcertia, a standards and guidelines body for mobile apps, today announced the draft release of  its updated Privacy and Security Guidelines, a document consisting of practical and descriptive advice for health app designers. The group has opened the draft up for comment from stakeholders and industry members for the next 45 days, Chuck Parker, managing director at Xcertia, said here at the...
By Dave Muoio 03:18 pm October 1, 2018
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb released a statement today unveiling the Medical Device Cybersecurity Regional Incident Preparedness and Response Playbook — a document co-authored with the non-profit Mitre Corporation describing how healthcare delivery organizations can best prepare their medical devices and staff for a device security breach. The agency also announced the development of its...