• HIMSS 17 and Cybersecurity

  • This past week I attended the largest Health Care Conference, HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), along with over 40,000 fellow health professionals in Orlando, Florida.  

    Today, I want to share many of the significant points that were made in the all-day Cybersecurity Symposium: 

    • Health IT professionals are in great demand 

    • Repeated theme throughout the day: "healthcare is behind in IT Security"

    • Cybersecurity breaches have increased over 125% in the last five years

    • Between 2014-2016 healthcare has seen increases in
      -Threats of DOS up 83%
      -Phishing up 250%
      -Spear Phishing up 22%

    • Protection of healthcare data begins at the top leadership in C-Suite or Ownership

    • All organizations, no matter their size must have a robust plan for IT Security with an emphasis on Cybersecurity

    • “It's all about people, the people, processes, the processes, and the processes"

    • The greatest vulnerabilities in order are:
      -BYOD (people)
      -Social Engineering (people)
      -Internet of Things (people)
      -Cloud computing
      -Deferred maintenance (people)
      -Patch Management (people)
      -Co-mingling of devices (co-mingling- people)

    • Best practices that were discussed for incorporating into your IT platform were:
      - Ensuring policies are in line with your actual processes
      - Review your processes for any inconsistencies
      - Mandatory security training
      - Have a Breach and Response playbook
      - Incorporate appropriate levels of system access
      - Audit, audit, audit
      - Physical security access controls
      - Embrace guidance through NIST (*National Institute of Standards and Technology) 

    As a healthcare consultant, I was fascinated to hear Healthcare IT professionals still debating and discussing what should be common place within IT Security, in a room filled with CIO’s (Chief Information Officer) and CISO’s (Chief Information Security Officer). 


    Judith is an accredited Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP). As the owner of JAL, Judith is your subject matter expert providing guidance to organizations within HIPAA, GLBA, False Claim and other regulatory agencies. Judith provides reasonable and appropriate compliance policies, procedures within your Compliance Program. As a guru in compliance, Judith delivers compliance employee training programs, and participates in educational speaking engagements for the industries who handle Protected Health Information. To read more about the world of compliance subscribed to JAL’s insightful newsletter at www.jalconsultantsaz.com.

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