Application security, especially for medical devices, needs to be a higher priority because vulnerable apps can create patient safety issues, expose patient information and raise the risk for ID theft and fraud, says security specialist Mike Weber.
The increase in sophisticated hacking attacks will lead other sectors to follow the lead of the financial services industry in implementing multifactor authentication, says Ken Hunt, CEO of VASCO Data Security International.
The recent hack attacks targeting Sony Pictures and the U.S. Postal Service illustrate why all organizations - and not just healthcare entities - need to make safeguarding health-related information a top priority, says attorney Susan A. Miller.
CISOs are moving from being entrenched in technology issues to becoming more involved in top-level business matters, which requires new skills, says George McCulloch, who leads the new Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security.
To help protect health data as cyberthreats evolve, healthcare CIOs must roll out a "blended strategy" for security, says Charles Christian, new chairman of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, an association of CIOs.
The FBI has attributed the Sony hack to North Korea, in part by analyzing the messages left by the "G.O.P." attackers. But linguistics expert Shlomo Engelson Argamon says the messages appear to have been written by native Russian speakers.
Ninety percent of even the largest global firms are susceptible to targeted attacks. And if adversaries want to get in, they can, says Peter George, CEO of Fidelis Security Systems, who discusses new security strategies.
As healthcare organizations step up their efforts this year to exchange more patient data with others to improve care, it's urgent that they address the "significant risks" involved, says Erik Devine, chief security officer at an Illinois hospital.
Because the healthcare sector is a growing target for cybercriminals, organizations must implement security practices that look beyond HIPAA compliance and also address business associate risks, says risk management expert Kenneth Peterson.
Distributed-denial-of-service attacks, fueled by the interconnected nature of smart devices, will only continue to increase, says Matt Moynahan, president of Arbor Networks. "The infrastructure itself is insecure," he says.
Nobody wants to be a cyber-attacker's first victim. But there are benefits to being second or third, says Akamai's Mike Smith. Then you get to enjoy the true benefits of the oft-discussed information sharing.
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