Google “cybersecurity survey” and  8 surveys/reports come up (PwC, ISACA, CSC, Raytheon, ERISA Advisory Council, CloudEntr, FINRA, Silicon Valley Bank) and that’s only on the first page!  So what’s new and different about the 2015 HIMSS Cybersecurity survey presented at the Chicago Privacy & Security Forum this week?

Well, in addition to being strictly about U.S.-based organizations, judging by the presentation materials and not yet hearing the details from HIMSS speakers Jennifer Horowitz (Sr. Director of Research) and Lee Kim (Director, Privacy and Security), this report provides practical advice and solutions for protecting health data from the growing cyber threats.  And the people providing this very current advice and recommended solutions are 297 information security professionals from large healthcare organizations.

For example:

  • Identify applicable information security tools to protect against high probability attacks such as phishing, denial of service, exploitation of known vulnerabilities, malicious or negligent insiders, zero day or brute force attacks
  • Reduce the consequences of reported security incidents depending on the reporting source, for example, internal security team or other employees vs. external sources such as patients, law enforcement or cybersecurity teams
  • Respond to the all too familiar barriers to information security (hmmm.. what could be on the top of that list? lack of qualified people and money!) despite the increase, according to the survey 89%, in prioritization of information security

All more useful information than most other surveys and reports!

You can find more information about this event and the presentation at: http://chicago.healthprivacyforum.com/

Mary Chaput

CFO & Chief Compliance Officer at Clearwater Compliance
Mary has 35 years of international and domestic business experience spanning the healthcare, information services, manufacturing and venture capital consulting industries.She is Clearwater’s CFO and Compliance Officer. As an experienced corporate CFO and risk manager, Mary works actively with customers and prospects to identify and prioritize their risks and to develop effective remediation plans within their budgets.