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HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum Offers Insight into Healthcare Cyber Threat Landscape

Next week, the HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum will be taking place in San Francisco. The two-day conference provides an opportunity for CISOs, CIOs and other healthcare leaders to obtain valuable information from security experts on the latest cybersecurity threats, along with practical advice on how to mitigate risk.

More than 30 speakers will be attending the event and providing information on a broad range of healthcare cybersecurity topics, including securing IoT devices, preventing phishing and ransomware attacks, creating compliant security relationships and effective strategic communication and risk management.

The conference will include keynote speeches from George Decesare, Senior VP and Chief Technology Risk Officer at Kaiser Permanente, Jane Harper, Director of Privacy & Security Risk Management at the Henry Ford Health System, CERT’s Matt Trevors, and M.K. Palmore, FBI San Francisco’s Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the SF Cyber Branch.

George Decesare leads Kaiser Permanente’s cybersecurity, technology risk and compliance programs and identity and access management initiatives and ensures Kaiser Permanente continues to protect the ePHi of its 10.2 million members. Decesare will be explain the current healthcare threat landscape and will be offering invaluable advice to attendees on how they can secure their own networks from attack. He will also be offering an overview of how Kaiser Permanente operates its cybersecurity programs and manages risk.

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While patients were previously tied to a healthcare organization, now they are able to easily change providers. Many do following a cybersecurity breach that exposes their health information. Jane Harper will be explaining the importance of including consumerism in risk management probability models and will cover techniques for risk management and how changes in healthcare have affected the risk environment.

Matt Trevors will be explaining how healthcare organizations can develop security controls that meet the requirements of the HIPAA Security Rule. In his speech, Trevors will explain whether simply meeting HIPAA Security Rule requirements will be sufficient to prevent data breaches. Trevors will also explain how healthcare organizations can use the Center for Internet Security’s Critical Security Controls (CIS CSC) to help them meet HIPAA Security Rule requirements and will offer advice on the Cyber Resilience Review (CRR) – A free tool that can be used by healthcare organizations to assess their security programs.

M.K. Palmore will be providing an invaluable insight into the current healthcare cybersecurity threat landscape, including an up-to-the-minute overview of the latest threats, including phishing attacks, insider threats, and business email compromise scams. Palmore will be covering some of the recent FBI investigations and will explain how breaches occurred and how they could have been prevented.  Palmore will also explain how healthcare organizations can access the FBI’s considerable resources and use its data to prevent data breaches.

The HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum will be taking place at the Grand Hyatt Union Square, on May 11-12, 2017.

Author: Steve Alder is the editor-in-chief of HIPAA Journal. Steve is responsible for editorial policy regarding the topics covered on HIPAA Journal. He is a specialist on healthcare industry legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA and other related legal topics. Steve has developed a deep understanding of regulatory issues surrounding the use of information technology in the healthcare industry and has written hundreds of articles on HIPAA-related topics.