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Axel Wirth | 09 Apr 2014 | 0 comments

As far as TV shows are concerned, there are a number of them which my now grown kids and us, the parents, equally enjoy; for example most recently Breaking Bad. But then there are some, where … well, let me phrase it politely, the older generation does not quite see eye to eye with the younger. The Walking Dead would fall into that category; I am definitely not getting the point.

Or maybe it is that I am dealing with too many Walking Dead, meaning ugly things you just can’t kill, during my day job? And as of today, there is another one to add to that list – the official end of support of Windows XP. And a big one that is.

After 12 years in the market, Windows XP certainly is established well and, not surprisingly, its end does not come easy:

  • According to a CNN Money article from March, 95% of bank ATMs are running on Windows XP (although other articles have placed the number somewhat lower at 60% or 75%, respectively, but still).
  • The total number...
David Finn | 13 Feb 2014 | 4 comments

 

After a few years out of the provider space and working at one of the largest information security firms - - I have the luxury of time and distance to think about some of the issues that providers struggle with from a different perspective.  Lately one of the things that I’ve been thinking about has been coming up in conversations with hospital CIOs/CISOs/CTOs, and most recently a large EMR vendor’s Security Architect: 

Why is healthcare so bad at IT Risk Management?

Good question.  And I certainly have my opinions about that.  Last fall I moderated a panel on post-Omnibus security and I got to ask some current and active practitioners (a healthcare security consultant, a long-time healthcare attorney, and a sitting CISO from a multi-hospital system) that very question.

It was the liveliest part of the hour and a-half panel and while we finally had to shift topics it certainly took up the most time and could’ve taken up more....

David Finn | 11 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

One of the great things about being the Health IT Officer at a big security firm is that no one really knows what you do.  I get to slip quietly back and forth between customers who are dealing with the reality, to sales teams, or to product teams and to marketers, to Symantec partners (both real and imagined), to software and hardware vendors and to industry associations.  It gives you a bigger view of what is going on.  And it is impossible to think of the bigger picture in Health IT without thinking of HIMSS Annual Conference.  And it is never bigger than when it is in Orlando!

Recently I got some information from HIMSS regarding the upcoming HIMSS14 and topics that attendees will be focused on.  They had a great infographic that included a section showing what topics people would be looking for at HIMSS.  All the usual suspects were there:  MU, ICD-10, Analytics, HIE, mHealth, Interoperability, EHR, Privacy and Security . . . ...

Karalee Serra | 11 Feb 2014 | 0 comments

Wednesday, February 19, 2014  |  2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT  |  Duration: 1 Hour

The use of cloud as a deployment alternative for IT infrastructures, application platforms, and applications has evolved over the past decade from novelty, to proof-of-concept, to pilot, to a fundamental instrument in IT's toolbox. Lately, it seems as if every enterprise has its head in the clouds, and healthcare is right in the mix. IT demands efficiency, business units demand flexibility, and end users demand convenience. Add growing budget and staffing pressures, and it’s easy to understand why we are turning toward cloud computing. But, even as individuals and healthcare organizations realize the potential agility and cost savings benefits of cloud computing, concerns about security and availability of clouds persist.

During this webinar, we will discuss:

  • The history and evolution of cloud for healthcare
  • Best practices to help...
Axel Wirth | 21 Jan 2014 | 1 comment

Yahoo!7 News Australia just published a noteworthy article: "Cyber attacks: pharmacies, patient records targeted 'ransomware' attacks" (17-Jan-2014), highlighting a worrisome trend of using Ransomware to specifically attack medical institutions, encrypt critical data (pharmacy records in this case) in place and demand a ransom in exchange for the encryption key.

Although we have seen these types of attacks before (Express Script, 2008; Virginia Health Professions Database, 2009; or Surgeons...

Karalee Serra | 20 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Learn how to mitigate the risk associated with the rise of mobility - smartphones and tablets - and how these devices can securely and effectively be leveraged to drive better patient outcomes and increase patient access to information and resources. If you missed our recent webinar, click here to view the archived edition.

Karalee Serra | 12 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Watch Symantecs' director of mobility sales, Matt Rund, speak with Tom Sullivan of HIMSS Media about how Symantec is solving healthcare security problems in an era of BYOD. http://www.mhealthnews.com/video/matt-rund-symantec-mhealth-summit-2013

 

Karalee Serra | 03 Dec 2013 | 0 comments

Friday, December 6, 2013 | 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT | Duration: 1 Hour

The rise of mobility in the healthcare space has opened the door for unparalleled access and communication between clinicians, hospitals, and patients.

While the promise of mobility is great, the steps to implement secure and effective mobile solutions that allow for access to patient information, better collaboration, and increased communication have been daunting with organization struggling to lay the groundwork for their mobile strategy.

During this session, we will hear some of the observations and best practices that Symantec has put into place to help healthcare organizations achieve the promise of mobility while adhering to the stringent security requirement placed on Healthcare organizations.

During this webinar, you will learn:

  • Best practices used to implement a secure strategy to provide clinicians access to mobile devices (smartphones and...
Axel Wirth | 11 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

Granted, there are easier to decipher acronyms than the one describing the Manufacturer Disclosure Statement for Medical Device Security, short MDS2. The initial version was developed in 2008 through a cooperation of NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) and HIMSS’ (Health Information and Management Systems Society) Medical Device Security Task Force, in collaboration with multiple industry associations, government agencies and other stakeholders. It provided a basic, 3-page form allowing medical device manufacturers to describe to their customers, i.e. the hospitals, the basic security and privacy properties of a specific medical device; things like the operating system and version, type of network connection, the ability of the operator to install antivirus software, or what PHI (Protected Health Information) is stored on the device and whether it is transient or permanent.

Although the form fulfilled its purpose, there was also some criticism on this...

Karalee Serra | 11 Oct 2013 | 0 comments

There’s a growing concern in the medical device industry: cybersecurity. The FDA has now issued new recommendations for regulation. Security researchers have published serious vulnerabilities, and patient safety is at stake. Bad publicity and potentially huge financial consequences are on the horizon. Are you ready?

Axel Wirth, Symantec's expert on medical device security, will be your guide through this 90 minute intense review covering threat landscapes and cybersecurity risks, as well as how to discover and evaluate cybersecurity protection programs in your setting, and how to develop new programs to fit your ongoing needs.

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