Bill establishes ransomware punishment amid growing threat | Connected medical devices could be affected by ransomware | Supreme Court rebuffs Boston Scientific appeal of $308M award
February 23, 2017
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Cybersecurity and Technology
Bill establishes ransomware punishment amid growing threat
The increasing use of ransomware to extort payments from organizations is prompting Maryland lawmakers to consider legislation. A proposed bill would establish fines or prison terms of up to 10 years for ransomware perpetrators and allow damaged organizations to use civil suits to recover losses. (2/13),  Southern Maryland Online (2/9) 
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Connected medical devices could be affected by ransomware
Connected medical devices face increased risks of being attacked with ransomware, says Marty Edwards of the Department of Homeland Security. This could be the year that devices are affected by something similar to the computer worm Stuxnet, putting patient data and organizations' operations at risk.
Health Data Management (2/20) 
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Health IT
Supreme Court rebuffs Boston Scientific appeal of $308M award
The Supreme Court has rejected Boston Scientific's appeal of a Maryland court's breach-of-contract judgment of $308 million against the company. Boston Scientific must pay the money to Mirowski Family Ventures to settle claims based on medical device patents.
Reuters (2/21) 
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Vaccine and Immunotherapeutics
Bipartisan group of legislators expresses support for vaccine safety
Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Ranking Member Patty Murray, D-Wash., along with four other high-ranking lawmakers have sent a letter to Congress affirming their support for the safety and efficacy of FDA-licensed vaccines. "As members of Congress, we have a critical role to play in supporting the availability and use of vaccines to protect Americans from deadly diseases," the legislators wrote.
The Hill (2/21),  HealthDay News (2/21) 
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Researchers make malaria gains with unique vaccine
Researchers make malaria gains with unique vaccine
(Douglas Magno/AFP/Getty Images)
Scientists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Rockville biotech firm Sanaria are working on a unique and promising malaria vaccine approach that injects trial patients with the parasite that causes the disease. "It's not the most conventional approach of immunization, but given the magnitude of the malaria problem, it's well worth pursuing," said Pedro Alonso of the World Health Organization.
Tech Times (2/21), (2/15) 
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Biotech and Life Science
Senate bill addresses FDA's medical device inspections process
A bipartisan bill was introduced in the Senate to implement a uniform FDA medical device inspections process that would set a time frame for foreign and domestic audits and require advance notification of records to be requested in an inspection, among other items.
Medtech Insight (free registration) (2/16) 
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Government Affairs
HHS aims to issue draft rule on privacy breaches by year-end
Deven McGraw, deputy director for health information privacy at HHS' Office for Civil Rights, said the agency is expecting to release the draft rule for health care privacy breaches by the end of this year. The rule aims to compensate individuals whose health records have been breached and provide guidance on text messaging and social media use.
MedPage Today (free registration) (2/20) 
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Talent and Capital
Baltimore cybersecurity simulation center will enhance training
The Maryland Cybersecurity Range will open its new Baltimore training center in April. "The approach of realistic hands-on simulation is proving to be the most effective way to train and certify cyber security professionals," said Adi Dar, CEO of Cyberbit, one of the two companies heading up the effort. (2/14) 
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MTC News
Maryland Tech Council and Mentor Program partner with CONNECTpreneur for Forum in Baltimore on Feb. 28
The Maryland Tech Council and Mentor Program partner with CONNECTpreneur and invite you to attend the next Forum in Baltimore on Feb. 28. Come out and see awesome speakers, great presenting companies, and network from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Early-bird registration expired, but Maryland Tech Council members can email and learn how to receive a 40% discount. See you there! Register here.

Can't make this one? Join us next time, April 4 in Bethesda!

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