Tag: Microsoft

  • What is more important – patient safety or hospital IT?

    What is more important – patient safety or the health of the enterprise hospital Windows network?  What is more important – writing secure code or installing an anti-virus? A threat analysis was performed on a medical device used in intensive care units.  The threat analysis used the PTA (Practical threat analysis) methodology. Our analysis considered […]

  • 3 things a medical device vendor must do for security incident response

    You are VP R&D or CEO or regulatory and compliance officer at a medical device company. Your medical devices measure something (blood sugar, urine analysis, facial anomalies, you name it…). The medical device interfaces to a mobile app that provides a User Interface and transfers patient data to a cloud application using RESTful services over HTTPS. Sound familiar? […]

  • Shock therapy for medical device malware

    Israel has over 700 medical device vendors.  Sometimes it seems like half of them are attaching to the cloud and the other are developing mobile apps for all kinds of crazy, innovative applications like Healthy.io ( Visual Input Turned Into Powerful Medical Insight – translation: an app that lets you do urine analysis using your smart phone). […]

  • 4 steps to small business security

    Software Associates specializes in security and compliance for biomed.  Many of our biomed clients are small 3-10 person startups working out of a small office and not having neither the IT budget nor the IT best practices to take care of their own network. According to the latest statistics from the FBI in their annual […]

  • The Israeli credit card breach

    There are 5 reasons why credit cards are stolen in Israel. None have to do with terror; 4 reasons are cultural and the 5th is everyone’s problem: “confusing compliance with security“. I  could write a book on mismanagement of data governance and compliance, data security, web server security, web application software security. In 2003, I […]

  • The top 10 mistakes made by Linux developers

    My colleague, Dr. Joel Isaacson talks about the top 10 mistakes made by Linux developers. It’s a great article and great read from one of the top embedded Linux programmers in the world. The Little Engine That Could Copyright 2004 Joel Isaacson. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. I  try to […]

  • Securing Web servers with SSL

    I’ve been recently writing about why Microsoft Windows and the Microsoft monoculture in general  is a bad idea for medical device vendors – see my essays on Windows vulnerabilities and medical devices here, here and here. It is now time to slaughter one more sacred cow: SSL. One of the most prevalent misconceptions with vendors in […]

  • The connection between application performance and security in the cloud

    I met with Avner Algom last week in his office in Herzliya. Avner is the director of the Israeli Cloud and Grid Technology Consortium – IGT – The IGT is a non-profit organization of leading industry companies, vendors, ISVs, customers, VCs and academia, focused on knowledge sharing and networking for developing Cloud computing/SaaS, Virtualization and SmartGrid […]

  • Why outlawing Windows from embedded medical devices is a good idea

    In a previous post The Microsoft Monoculture as a threat to national security, I suggested that the FDA might consider banning Windows as an operating system platform for medical devices and their accompanying information management systems. One of my readers took umbrage at the notion of legislating one monoculture (Microsoft) with another (Linux) and how […]

  • Microsoft gives source code to Chinese government

    Sold down the river. A phrase meaning to be betrayed by another. Originated during the slave trade in America. Selling a slave “down the river” would uproot the slave from their from spouses, children, parents, siblings and friends. For example: “I can’t believe that Microsoft gave their source code to the Chinese in a pathetic […]

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