Building in Cybersecurity for a Safer Future
Using telemedicine to manage critical care unsurprisingly generates fears about cybersecurity. The idea of hackers holding patients’ literal air supply hostage is a major concern.
As operator of both the National Cybersecurity and Health FFRDCs, MITRE is uniquely equipped to tackle the medical cybersecurity challenge. We’ve long worked with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the MITRE ATT&CK® framework to plan threat modeling, testing, and identification of cyber risks to the healthcare system. MITRE has even developed cyber security playbooks focused on the unique threat posed to medical devices.
For the DIACC, we’re working with the FDA, the Department of Health and Human Services, device manufacturers, healthcare workers, critical care technicians, and others to ensure they can collaborate. It means ensuring that devices are compatible within a single system, operators know how to use them, and commercial companies can trust we will protect their valuable data. It’s the type of project MITRE specializes in.
“MITRE acts as that objective third party,” project lead Amy Cotter said. “Companies can collaborate and share product development information through the DIACC and with MITRE, without worrying about competitors gaining an advantage.”
A Disruptive Idea Delivers Results and Recognition
The potential of developing an innovative, safer, and more efficient lifesaving system is driving the team forward, and the potential continues to grow.
The innovative ideas have already garnered high praise from the sponsor and from outside groups. The DIACC won Fed Health IT’s Disruptive Tech Program Award for 2022.
“It’s exciting to be part of something that’s such a game changer for healthcare delivery. To have that acknowledged by a body that recognizes innovative disruption is fantastic,” said Alice Isenberg, the DIACC task lead.
“What’s also been great,” she added, “is to see the excitement of our sponsor and how engaged they are in the work. It fuels us to want to keep going and do bigger and better things.”
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