Healthcare in Critical Condition

Presented at BSidesLV 2017, July 25, 2017, 5 p.m. (55 minutes)

Over the past year, healthcare has been under assault from bad actors, yet has had important bright spots that highlight the progress being made. WannaCry impacted 20% of UK healthcare trusts, and Nyetya/NotPetya hurt patient care Ukranian hospitals for days. Meanwhile, FDA guidance and workshops made clear their expectation that medical device makers will engage with the security research community, and a high-profile example proved the value of collaboration to protect patient safety.


  • Jeff Tully MD / r3plicant as Jeff Tulley
    Jeff Tully is a pediatrician and researcher with an interest in understanding the ever-growing intersections between health care and technology. Prior to medical school he worked on "hacking" the genetic code of Salmonella bacteria to create anti-cancer tools, and throughout medical training has remained involved in the conversations and projects that will secure healthcare and protect our patients as we face a brave new world of remote care, implantable medical devices, and biohacking.
  • Christian Dameff MD MS / quaddi as Christian Dameff
    Christian Dameff is an emergency medicine physician and researcher. Published works include topics such as therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest, novel drug targets for myocardial infarction patients, and other Emergency Medicine related works with an emphasis on CPR optimization. Security research topics including hacking critical healthcare infrastructure and medical devices. He has previously spoken at Defcon on healthcare related security issues and is an Open CTF Champion. In July he started a clinical informatics fellowship at the University of California San Diego.
  • Joshua Corman - Founder - I am The Cavalry
    Joshua Corman is a Founder of I am The Cavalry (dot org) and Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative for the Atlantic Council. Corman previously served as CTO for Sonatype, Director of Security Intelligence for Akamai, and in senior research & strategy roles for The 451 Group and IBM Internet Security Systems. He co-founded @RuggedSoftware and @IamTheCavalry to encourage new security approaches in response to the world's increasing dependence on digital infrastructure. Josh's unique approach to security in the context of human factors, adversary motivations and social impact has helped position him as one of the most trusted names in security. He also serves as adjunct faculty for Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College and on the 2016 HHS Cybersecurity Task Force.