Christopher Gates

Director of Product Security at Velentium

Christopher Gates has over 50 years of experience developing and securing medical devices for numerous industry-leading device manufacturers and frequently collaborates with regulatory and standard bodies including the CISA, HSCC, OWASP, Bluetooth SIG, IEEE, and the SBOM Forum to present, define, and codify tools, techniques, and processes that enable the creation of secure medical devices. Everywhere he goes, Gates promotes the concepts of a secure total product lifecycle, an approach that eases the burden on developers and ensures high-quality products that work as intended to save and improve lives without putting patients at risk. In 2020, he co-authored the first book on medical device security, entitled “Medical Device Cybersecurity for Engineers and Manufacturers,” and is currently finishing the second edition of this bestselling, and award-winning book. Gates graduated from California State University Northridge with a B.S. in Computer Science and worked in various roles as a software/firmware engineer, systems engineer, project manager, and cybersecurity architect. He joined Velentium in 2017 because he had previously collaborated with Velentium as a contractor and had seen firsthand that its values are exemplified by its founders. Gates currently lives in Las Vegas with his wife of 42 years along with their Siberian Husky.

10:00-10:45 a.m

Friday November 1, 2024

Securing Today’s Digital Manufacturing Floor

Ransomware attacks have only grown in frequency over the past several years. The impact on the medical device manufacturing sector is no different. Companies must ensure their facilities are as protected as possible from digital threats. While prevention can be expensive, it pales in comparison to a breach, so ensuring the production floor is safe is paramount. This session will provide insights on what leaders at medtech manufacturing firms must keep in mind.