Medical Vulnerability Management and Common Weakness(s) – The Right Security
January 26, 2021 • RBS
Steve Christey Coley, well-known as the co-creator and editor of CVE, joins Jake Kouns, CEO and CISO at RBS, to talk about medical vulnerability management and the distinctive features of medical device security.
Healthcare was the most victimized sector in 2020, accounting for 12.3% of reported breaches according to the 2020 Year End Data Breach QuickView report. Throughout the pandemic hospitals and medical facilities have been the target of ransomware gangs, posing a massive problem for patients and healthcare administrators.
Unlike other industries, vulnerability management for healthcare organizations isn’t as simple as scanning and patching. Due to the complexity of medical devices, some organizations have limited visibility of vulnerabilities, and lack the ability to fix or patch them. To make matters worse, running vulnerability scans can create outages or slow-downs that can put lives at risk. What can healthcare organizations do to protect themselves against adversaries that are bent on attacking them?
0:00 – Welcome and speaker introductions
1:59 – Recap of 2016 talk “Toward Consistent, Usable Security Risk Assessment of Medical Devices” from Steve Christey Coley
9:43 – Changes in risk assessments for medical devices since 2016
13:07 – Differences in medical device security and why other industry standards like CVSS can’t be used for medical device security
16:08 – Malware and ransomware targeting hospitals
20:37 – Lack of visibility or ability to patch medical devices
25:14 – Terminology and Cyber Physical Systems
27:56 – Common Weakness Enumeration
30:42 – CWE Top 25 analysis and report
35:50 – Updates on Common Weakness Scoring System (CWSS) Common Weakness Risk Analysis Framework (CWRAF)
39:34 – Impact of cancelled in-person events on diversity in the security industry
44:02 – Tips for medical providers starting a risk-based vulnerability management program
- RVASec 2016 talk “ “Toward Consistent, Usable Security Risk Assessment of Medical Devices” from Steve Christey Coley
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- 2020 CWE Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Weaknesses
- 2020 CWE Top 25 Analysis
- Rubric for Applying CVSS to Medical Devices
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