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2016 Privacy and Security Forum Boston

Posted on 1/4/2017 3:45:50 PM by Judi Grassi
Category: Healthcare IT , Security & Compliance



At the beginning of December, the Privacy & Security Forum conducted an event to bring together senior healthcare IT professionals and subject-area experts to discuss cybersecurity and protecting an organization’s data. This forum was held in Boston from December 5-7th and targeted days of keynote speakers, case studies, panel discussions, and discovered how organizations are preventing, detecting and responding to today’s most daunting threats.

For those of you who didn’t attend this meeting, I wanted to provide the top highlights and takeaways that were discussed at this forum.

  1. Cyberattacks aren’t going away – Winxnet’s VP of Security, Dr. Eugene Slobodzian has mentioned on more than one occasion that cyberattacks are not going to go away anytime soon, in fact these attacks are just going to get worse. There has been an alarming increase in the frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks, most notably spear phishing and he doesn’t expect this will decrease in 2017.
  1. Breach Reaction Plan: It is absolutely vital that your organization has a security culture to help your organization stay secure. However, if your organization does get violated, it’s even more imperative to have a plan in place on how your organization should react to minimize damage.

  2. Onsite HIPAA Audits on the horizon for 2017 – The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will be conducting audits on HIPAA Risk Analysis in the 2017 year. In order to ensure that organizations have a full understanding of these requirements, view the Final Guidance on Risk Analysis PDF.

If you do not feel as though your healthcare organization or current IT partner is prepared for the upcoming audits or does not have the HIT and/or HIPAA Compliance experience, then it’s time for a serious conversation with our Healthcare IT experts.