Meet Scott Singer, CMDC Interim Managing Director


The Center for Medical Device Cybersecurity (CMDC) is led by Scott Singer, CAPT, USN (retired). Scott brings 30 years of military experience in both active duty and reserve rolls along with 29 years of industry experience. Scott co-founded CyberNINES and serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Most recently Scott was at PaR Systems, where he was Chief Information Officer since 2010. At PaR, Scott had responsibility for information systems, global quality, export control, security, and continuous process improvement. Previously, Scott spent 16 years with Medtronic in various leadership positions including the European Infrastructure Manager, the Vascular division CIO, and the head of global security. At Medtronic, Scott was a member of the ISPE GAMP 5 Risk Special Interest Group and led the development of the Software Development and Validation Life Cycle (SDVLC). Scott has extensive experience with regulatory frameworks and government contracting including Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR/DFARS), HIPAA, medical device (ISO 13485), and cybersecurity (ISO 27001, NIST), aerospace (AS9100) and nuclear (NQA-1). Scott is the past board chair for the Minnesota Technology Association (MnTech), past President of the UW Madison NROTC Alumni Association and past board member of InfraGard. In June, he testified before Congress on the costs to small business to comply with the DoDs Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). He currently chairs the C3PAO Stakeholder Forum ( Scott has an MBA in Information Systems from the University of MN, Carlson School of Management, and BS is Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also has a certification in Joint Professional Military Education from The Naval War College. CyberNINES is an Authorized C3PAO, Scott is a CMMC Provisional Instructor and Assessor for the DoD and is the current board chair of the C3PAO Stakeholder Forum.

In his role as the CMDC Managing Director, Scott oversees operations, works with industry members, develops and supports research and educational programs, as well as recruits new members to further build the center's amazing industry-academia collaboration.

Keith Vargo, CMDC Program Manager



Keith Vargo is excited to be part of the effort to improve health-related cybersecurity. Keith is a 30-year veteran of program, project, and operations work at the University of Minnesota in the areas of international relations, public affairs, education evaluation, early childhood development research, continuing education in gerontological nursing, and NIH-sponsored prevention research.

As the program manager at CMDC, Keith helps lead team initiatives to develop and offer new for-credit coursework, short courses, training opportunities, special events and conferences. He also manages center operations.

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