Saturday, April 25, 2015

Symantec Government Symposium


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Last year, data breaches of both private sector companies and the federal government dominated headlines. In short, a lot of organizations got owned. And if early 2015 is any indication, there’s much more to come.

THESE 3 STEPS COULD PREVENT 85 PERCENT OF ALL DATA BREACHES


Last year, data breaches of both private sector companies and the federal government dominated headlines.
In short, a lot of organizations got owned. And if early 2015 is any indication, there’s much more to come.
Yet, a great many of these calamities are preventable through basic cybersecurity hygiene, according to Ann Barron-DiCamillo, one of the U.S. government’s foremost cybersecurity experts.
DiCamillo, the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team, told an audience at the Symantec Government Symposium on Wednesday that about 85 percent of data breach incidents could be prevented by following three essential steps:
  • Reducing administrative privileges (think Edward Snowden’s access to National Security Agenda data);
  • Application whitelisting (Not letting unauthorized programs run because, well, why would you?); and
  • Software application patching (This has been a problem for more than a decade).


“These controls, if monitored, would reduce about 85 percent of incidents,” DiCamillo said. “We’re trying to emphasize the importance of getting back to cyber hygiene.”

Healthcare was largely immune to cyberintrusions prior to HITECH, EHR, the Affordable Care Act and Health Data Exchanges. Health care ran largely on paper and pen. Today it is a far different story.

Other News

GAO To Release HealthCare.gov Cybersecurity Report in 2015

Patients, Doctors See Mobile Health App Benefits, but Privacy Concerns Remain--podcast

Deborah Estrin, a professor of computer science at Cornell Tech, Evan Muse, a cardiologist and fellow at Scripps Translational Science Institute, Deborah Peel, a psychiatrist and founder of Patient Privacy Rights, and Whitney Zatzkin, a user of mobile health applications, spoke with iHealthBeat about the growing use of mobile health apps. (podcast)

Upcoming Events:

Big Data in Healthcare Summit 2015 | April 28-30, Boston
iHT2 Health IT Summit | May 19-20, Boston







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