Gates, Christopher

Gates, Christopher

Director Of Product Security at Velentium

Christopher Gates is the Director of Product Security at Velentium. He has over 30+ years of experience developing and securing medical devices for numerous industry-leading device manufacturers and
frequently collaborates with regulatory and standard bodies including 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, Christopher 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, Medical Device Cybersecurity for Engineers and Manufacturers (Artech House, Aug. 31, 2020. ISBN: 9781630818159), which was hailed as 2020’s “Cybersecurity Book of the Year” and spent multiple weeks as the #1 bestselling engineering textbook on Amazon. He and his co-authors are working on a second edition, expected in early 2024.

Christopher has also created a student-paced certificate training program to instruct medical device engineers with the goal of elevating them to be experts in all aspects of medical device cybersecurity,
including threat modeling, regulations, practical use of cryptography, secure coding, key security metrics, and side channel mitigations. Book and training program are meant to help alleviate the shortfall of security-focused engineers in the medical device industry.

Christopher 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. His projects ranged from dozens of different medical devices including ventilators, bedside devices, wearables, and implantables. Outside of the medical device industry, he has also created control systems for an early all-electric motorcycle and consulted for Disneyland.

Christopher is one of those rare people who is both a highly experienced medical device development
engineer as well as a cybersecurity subject matter expert. This gives him unique perspectives on the tools and techniques utilized to secure medical devices.

Christopher 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. “In a world where most companies are only motivated by financial interest, Velentium routinely has moral discussions about the best approach for its clients, its staff, and the world.”

Christopher currently lives in Las Vegas with his wife of 42 years and their Siberian Husky

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