What to know about the Center for Medical Device Cybersecurity from the University of Minnesota:

  • The Center for Medical Device Cybersecurity (CMDC) was formed, “…in response to a request from members of the medical device manufacturing industry to form a collaborative hub for discovery, outreach and workforce training in the emerging device security field.”
  • The CMDC will develop new research, tech, education, and training to address potential cybersecurity threats against medical devices
  • The CMDC is made possible thanks to funding from five U.S. health industry companies — Boston Scientific, Smiths Medical, Optum, Medtronic, and Abbott Laboratories
    • Several organizations are also collaborating with the CMDC including the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering, the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center, the Technological Leadership Institute, and the Office of the Vice President for Research
  • The CMDC will be housed within the Technological Leadership Institute (TLI)
  • As part of the CMDC’s first year, it will host roundtables, a hackathon, organize networking and training opportunities, develop a medical device cybersecurity short course with TLI, and create a medical device cybersecurity internship program

The Quote: Allison Hubel, Director of TLI

“TLI is excited to be home to the CMDC and provide training opportunities in the area of medical device cybersecurity. The center aligns perfectly with our mission and merges the expertise within our Medical Device Innovation and Security Technologies masters programs,” said. While manufacturers can ensure a high-level of safety through testing, the security of connected-devices remains a growing and moving target, making this collaboration and the work of the CMDC critical to the industry and all those it serves.”