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RLF Speaker Series: Medical Device Security, Cate Reich, Accenture
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RLF Speaker Series: Medical Device Security, Cate Reich, Accenture


When: January 22, 2020
12:00 PM
Where: WebEx
United States
Cate Reich, Security Manager, Accenture
RLF Action Team

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Medical Device Security: Vulnerabilites, Threats and Realities

Medical device security is one of the most important areas of focus for cybersecurity as we continue to become an interdependent internet-of-things society. Most of the devices that are in service in hospitals and medical offices were not developed with a security by design mindset. Manufactures didn’t consider the threats to the medical environment or the interconnectedness of these devices on a network. As a result, once deployed into the healthcare provider environment, very little attention may be given to protecting these devices from their inherent vulnerabilities or those presented when connected to a network.

This discussion will explore medical device security, reveal unknowns, dispel myths, acknowledge threat profiles, and provide participants realistic data points to inform their understanding of cyber defense in the Healthcare Industry.

About the speaker:

Cate Reich, Accenture, Manager, Health & Public Service Security 

 Previously, as a project manager for DoD’s Test Resource Management Center, Cate managed classified joint service software development projects and supported the National Cyber Range in weapon system cyber simulation exercises. She has a passion for inclusion and diversity and worked to establish  an organization-sponsored Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) outreach program. She developed an internship program across DoD test ranges for minority students, as well as a Girls for Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS) program at local elementary schools. Cate’s technical project management career has been shaped by experiences across the public, private, government, and non-profit sectors. Her diverse background includes work  with the Library of Congress, international associations, and non-profit organizations. Cate received her Master of Science in Cybersecurity from the University of Maryland University College and her Bachelor of Arts from York College of Pennsylvania. Cate lives with her family in the Metro D.C. area where she leads Girl Scouts, actively speaks to community groups on cybersecurity careers and online safety, and coach’s youth sports.



Rikki George, Accenture Security’s Cyber Defense practice, Security Innovation Principal

Rikki George is a Security Innovation Principal within Accenture Security’s Cyber Defense practice. In her role at Accenture, Rikki serves as a thought leader on cyber threats to multiple critical infrastructure sectors. She educates Accenture Leadership, C-level executives, information security managers, policymakers and regulators on the cyber threats that will shape the information security, national security and data privacy landscape for years to come. Prior to joining Accenture, Rikki worked for TD Bank Group, where she oversaw the development of a suite of counter-cyber threat capabilities including the anti-phishing program and social media investigations. Rikki started her career in cyber threat intelligence at JPMorgan Chase, joining their team while finishing her undergraduate studies. She holds  B.A. from Drexel University, where she graduated summa cum laude and has attended the selective Cybersecurity program at the Washington Center in D.C.




About the RLF (Rising Leaders Forum) Speaker Series:

The RLF Speaker Series action team seeks to inspire Rising Leaders to share insight on personal and career development through public speaking and to learn how to effectively communicate their message to a greater audience.


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