Protecting Medical Devices With Embedded Security

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Meet our Principal Systems Security Architect

Christopher Gates

Christopher is Velentium’s Principal Security Architect, overseeing the company’s Cybersecurity division. He graduated from California State University Northridge with a B.S. in Computer Science. Since then, Christopher has worked for over 30 years developing medical devices.

He interacts with regulatory and standard bodies on a frequent basis to better define tools, techniques, and processes for the medical device industry to enable the creation of secure products. He has worked with several industry-leading device manufacturers, as well as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), MITRE, Bluetooth special interest groups, and IEEE, in order to present, define, and codify techniques to control embedded cybersecurity.


Experience & Recognition

  • Over 40 years of experience in medical device design
  • Passionate about the benefits of a secure development lifecycle
  • Worked with BLE SIGs, H-ISAC, MITRE, and the U.S. Department of Commerce
Industy Leading Expertise

Velentium's depth and breadth of development experience makes us an industry leader in device security.

Secure Design at the System and Product Levels
'Right sizing' Security Mitigations
Micro Penetration
Fuzz Testing of Key Medical Communication Mediums
Regulatory Submission 510k / PMA Review
Source Code Security Static Analysis (SAST)
Post Market
Cybersecurity Training for Staff

Supported Platforms:

Embedded Medical Devices


Smartphones (iOS & Android)

Low-Power Medical Devices




Medical Device Data Systems


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Blog - Thought Leadership & Expertise

Thought and Commentary for the Medical Device Industry

Systems Engineering Development Lifecycle - Confirm, Build, Deploy

November 14, 2019 | Posted by Satyajit Ketkar
Transfer to Manufacturing Just prior to Transfer to Manufacturing, the System Engineer assists the Manufacturing Lead Engineer or Manager with identifying the product variables (such as pass/fail...

Systems Engineering Development Lifecycle - Get Set, Go!

November 11, 2019 | Posted by Satyajit Ketkar
Implementation The Implementation phase is where most of what we’re ordinarily tempted to think of as the “actual work” of the project takes place. However, as essential as the work done during...

Systems Engineering Development Lifecycle - Requirements & Design

November 7, 2019 | Posted by Satyajit Ketkar
Defining Requirements Here’s where the Systems Engineer really goes into top gear. The task is to integrate all inputs from preceding phases and discussions to define requirements and elaborate...

Systems Engineering Development Lifecycle - First Things First

November 4, 2019 | Posted by Satyajit Ketkar
So, your company has decided to move ahead with the product! That means it’s time to map out the project schedule and resources and define how, exactly, this product will move from IP to reality.

Systems Engineering Development Lifecycle - the Role

October 31, 2019 | Posted by Satyajit Ketkar
For this series, the Velentium blog welcomes back Principal Systems Architect Satyajit “Sat” Ketkar. Sat’s career encompasses nearly twenty years of electrical, firmware, software, and systems...

Software Development Controls - Testing, Wrap-Up, & Handoff

October 28, 2019 | Posted by Satyajit Ketkar
Welcome to the final installment of our series on Controlled Software Development for medical devices. With the design, implementation, and early testing phases completed, it is time to move on to...

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