Why is devising a reliable patient identifier such a critical issue? Because matching a patient to the wrong records creates serious safety risks as well as privacy problems, says CIO Marc Probst, who explains in an interview how he's tackling the issue at Intermountain Healthcare.
Healthcare organizations need to carefully scrutinize the security of electronic health records and other applications they use because encryption and other features often have shortcomings, says Chris Wysopal, CISO at the security firm Veracode.
Extortion campaigns waged by cybercriminals are expected to become more damaging in 2016, putting additional pressure on CISOs to enhance protection of internal networks and educate employees about extortionists' techniques, says iSight Partner's John Miller.
If presidential candidates don't have the technical know-how to take an educated stand on whether tech companies should provide the government with a backdoor to encryption, how can we judge if they'll make the right choice if they get elected?
As Art Gilliland, CEO of Skyport Systems, assesses cybersecurity in 2016, he sees distinct strengths, weakness and opportunities for the next generation of leaders. The question is: Where will we find these leaders?
When it comes to threat detection, spotting malicious insiders is one thing. They often leave a trail. But how do you protect against the accidental insider threat? Mike Siegel, VP of Products at Forcepoint, shares strategy and solutions.
The primary mission of the new Global Cyber Alliance is to identify measurable ways to mitigate cyberthreats facing the public and private sectors, says Phil Reitlinger, a former DHS official and Sony CISO, who heads the new group.
Today's enterprise infrastructure is full of blind spots that can hide malicious threats, and traditional security tools struggle to scale up to meet increased demands. How must security leaders respond? Amrit Williams of CloudPassage shares insight.
What's it take to be a successful CISO? Mark Dill, former longtime information security director at the Cleveland Clinic, says it comes down to being patient, persistent and perceived as practical. He offers detailed career advice in this interview.
The FFIEC's Cybersecurity Assessment Tool is already being integrated into regulators' cybersecurity examinations, says Gartner analyst Avivah Litan. But the tool has so far led to more confusion than clarity, she says, and must be enhanced in 2016.
Expect rebooted European Union data privacy rules to drive organizations worldwide to begin minimizing the amount of information they collect and store on individuals in 2016, both to protect privacy as well as minimize the impact of data breaches.
Boards of directors that figure out how to leverage cybersecurity as a strategic asset will give their organizations a strong competitive advantage, says Lance Hayden of Berkeley Research Group. "Security needs to be part of what the organization uses to competitively differentiate itself."
In the coming months, the Department of Homeland Security will implement a new cyberthreat information sharing law designed to help prevent breaches. But will the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 really make a difference?
Improving breach detection and defenses involves much more than buying the latest technology, warns security expert Haroon Meer. "We keep moving on as we try to solve new, shiny problems, which we then half solve, but we still haven't completely solved problems that we knew about 20 years ago."