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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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Karalee Serra | 27 Sep 2013 | 2 comments

Learn what you can do today to protect your medical devices from attacks and malware while manufacturers start to provide devices with improved security posture. If you missed our recent webinar, click here to view the archived edition.

Karalee Serra | 27 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

mHealth security panelists wonder, can a hacked medical device kill you?
The depiction of a U.S. vice president killed by his hacked pacemaker on the Showtime series "Homeland" may be a bit too fantastic for those in the mHealth industry to take seriously, but the potential exists. Continue reading the full article >>

Karalee Serra | 10 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

Healthcare Cybersecurity Threat Worrisome but Theoretical - For Now
On June 13, the FDA released a document titled, "FDA Safety Communication: Cybersecurity for Medical Devices and Hospital Networks." Major news networks such as CNN and The Economist reported on the standard-issue release with pronounced alarm. The document outlines, in broad terms, a list of security risks that can be found in medical devices. In a related release, Homeland Security’s ICS-CERT (Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team) reported that two researchers found a hard-coded password vulnerability that might leave as many as 300 medical devices, many of which perform life-critical functions, prone to exploitation. Scary stuff, indeed. Continue reading the full article >>