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Episode 190 - Burnout


  1. Intro
    1. Why the topic of burnout?
      1. Because it affects all of us, and yet it’s not talked about much in this field
      2. Disclaimer: We am not a doctor. Or a psychiatrist or psychologist. Nor did we stay in a holiday inn express...
    1. Reason for sabbatical
    2. Martin’s story
  2. Personal Connection
    1. Symptoms may mirror depression
      1. “The Creeping Malaise”
      1. Weight
      2. Panic Attacks, etc
      3. Isolation - even while in a crowd
    2. Physical symptoms
    3. It’s been around for a long time. & are from 2011/12
  3. Recognizing Burnout
    1. “It won’t happen to me”
    2. “I just have to make it through this busy season and this end of quarter and the end of FY and…”
    3. “Everybody else is exactly the same…”
    4. Conferences are not vacations and shouldn’t be seen that way.  Cons can be very hard work.
  4. Easy Traps
    1. Outdoor hobbies
      1. Just get outside and away from screens
    2. A physical, people you can talk to in person community
    3. Exercise & diet
    4. Creating and enforcing boundaries (emotional and physical)
  5. Mitigation Strategies
    1. Not liking your job or employer  (that’s quite the opposite problem, actually)
    2. Just hard work for a little while
  6. What burnout isn’t…
  7. Resources
  8. Outro
Direct download: SFS_Podcast_-_Ep_190.mp3
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In this inaugural bonus track we release the interview we did with Nick Selby (@nselby) on his experience validating the work of MedSec on St. Medical devices.

Direct download: SFS_Podcast_-_Episode_189_Bonus_Track.mp3
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SFS Podcast Episode: 189


Medical Device Security


  1. Intro
    1. Hospital devices (infusion pumps, CT, MRI, etc)
    2. Personal devices (pacemaker, insulin pumps, etc)
  2. Medical Devices are a broad category
    1. Discussion of Sentinel Events...
  3. This has some of the same threat landscape as the IoVCT, but the consequences can be much more serious.
    1. Lead times for device approval
    2. Fixed configurations / FDA compliance
    3. Working life of devices
    4. “Well just replace them all!” Cost of devices (esp for small/struggling hospitals)
    5. Sheer number of devices can be overwhelming when looking to upgrade/replace
    6. Vendors that bring in things for a trial w/o involvement of IT/IS
  4. Challenges to Fixing The Problem:
    1. Vuln Disclosure  
      1. Muddy Waters / St Jude
        1. Problem there wasn’t disclosure it was the look of the profit motive
        2. August 25, 2016 >
        3. SJM sued in early September >>
        5. Goes beyond Vulnerability Disclosure and Muddy Waters claims SJM is attacking their First Amendment - Right to Free Speech - rights >>
        6. Muddy Waters report from Bishop Fox >>
      2. Bug Bounties
    2. FDA Task Force -
      1. I Am The Cavalry -
        1. HIMSS Cyber Security Community -
        2. Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security -
        3. NH-ISAC -
        4. MDISS -
      2. Other interest groups
    3. Other groups
  5. How Can it Get Better
    1. Sometime, somewhere, somehow something bad is going to happen and somebody is going to die.
    2. There will need to be more market pressure -
    3. What will regulators do?  (eg DLink and the FTC)
  6. What’s the Future?
  7. Outro & Credits
Direct download: SFS_Podcast_-_Episode_189.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:56pm EDT