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Healthcare Cybersecurity: Simplify Compliance & Avoid Breaches

David Houlding of Intel Health and Life Sciences on Healthcare Security Readiness
Healthcare Cybersecurity: Simplify Compliance & Avoid Breaches
David Houlding, Intel

An ongoing series of Healthcare Security Readiness workshops reveals some key gaps in how healthcare organizations defend against cybercrime hacking. How should entities assess and mitigate these gaps? David Houlding of Intel shares insights.

Houlding, the director of healthcare privacy and security at Intel, says - in light of the ever-changing threat and regulatory landscapes - healthcare entities need the kind of benchmarking that comes from the security readiness workshops.

"Any kinds of breaches, including cybercrime hacking, tend to affect organizations that are lacking security and are relatively vulnerable," Houlding says. "The challenge has been: Even if you do your regulatory compliance well per HIPAA, or your security standards well through NIST or whatever you're using ... these don't necessarily tell the organization how it compares to peers and the industry, and whether they're lagging. That's really where the security readiness program adds value."

In an interview about healthcare security readiness, Houlding addresses:

  • Findings from recent readiness workshops;
  • How healthcare organizations avoid being cybercrime hacking victims;
  • Strategies and solutions to improve compliance with HIPAA, GDPR and other key regulations.

Houlding is the director of healthcare privacy and security at Intel with more than 24 years of experience in healthcare, privacy, security, compliance, and enterprise architecture. His responsibilities include privacy and security leadership for the HLS industry globally. This involves extensive engagement with health and life sciences organizations and industry partners, providing guidance on best practices to manage risk and how technologies can help in a holistic approach. With several patents granted by the USPTO, David has a proven track record for innovation. David is a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), a CIPP (Certified Information Privacy Professional), and has a Master of Applied Science in Data Compression and Digital Signal Processing from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada. For more information on individual security readiness workshops, please visit

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