Training: 8–9 November 2016
Tutorials & Conference: 9–11 November 2016
Amsterdam, NL

My heart depends on your code

Marie Moe (SINTEF)
9:35–10:00 Friday, 11 November, 2016
Location: Auditorium
Average rating: ****.
(4.78, 9 ratings)

Gradually, we are all becoming more and more dependent on machines. We are already able to live longer with an increased quality of life due to medical devices and sensors integrated into our bodies. However, our dependence on technology is growing faster than our ability to secure it, and a security failure in a medical device may cause patient harm and have fatal consequences.

Marie Moe discusses medical device security and privacy, focusing on connected medical devices like implanted cardiac devices with remote monitoring functionality. Marie’s life depends on the functioning of a medical device—a pacemaker that generates each and every beat of her heart. Marie shares her personal experience with being the host of a vulnerable medical implant and explains why she decided to start a hacking project, investigating the security of her own personal critical infrastructure.

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Marie Moe


Marie Moe cares about public safety and securing systems that may impact human lives. Marie is a research scientist at SINTEF, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, and is an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where she teaches a class on incident response and contingency planning. She has experience as a team leader at the Norwegian Cyber Security Centre NorCERT, where she did incident handling of cyberattacks against Norway’s critical infrastructure. Marie is a member of the grassroots organization “I Am The Cavalry" and is currently doing research on the security of her own personal critical infrastructure, an implanted pacemaker that generates every single beat of her heart. She holds a PhD in information security. Marie loves to break crypto protocols but gets angry when the weak crypto is in her own body.