New York, NY (November 9, 2017) – In November 2017, Millennium’s Cyber Programs Director, Chris Seidel, delivered a presentation titled “Cyber Security in Healthcare” at a conference for healthcare industry executives and medical professionals. The Future of Medicine in the Digital Era Conference was hosted by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Mr. Seidel’s presentation discussed the relevance of cyber in the healthcare field, updated them on current trends in cybercrime, reviewed what the government and industry are doing to prevent cyber breaches, and issued a call-to-action on what organizations and individuals need to do to protect electronic personal health information (ePHI).
The fundamentals of safeguarding healthcare data are the same as corporate or government data: Ensure the Confidentiality, Protect the Integrity, and Confirm the Availability. Succeeding (or failing) at these efforts is as much a behavioral and cultural challenge as it is a technical one. Leaders need to provide the resources required for their teams to be successful. Resources include not only effective hardware and software tools, but also robust training and awareness programs. Like all industries, the question of a cyber breach for healthcare organizations is no longer a question of “if,” but “when.” Legacy ad-hoc and compliance-based approaches to cyber security are no longer effective. Organizations must transition to more holistic risk management approaches. Millennium aims to assist healthcare providers and their associates in understanding and implementing the Common Security Framework (CSF) as prescribed by the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) as an initial foray into this vital, but struggling, market.