Partners HealthCare CISO on Bolstering Endpoint Security

Jigar Kadakia Discusses Security Priorities at HIMSS18
Partners HealthCare CISO on Bolstering Endpoint Security
Jigar Kadakia, CISO, Partners HealthCare

Bolstering endpoint protection is a top security priority at Partners HealthCare this year, says Jigar Kadakia, CISO of the Boston-based integrated health system.

"We continue to evolve and mature our overall [cybersecurity] program," he says in an interview with Information Security Media Group at the HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas. "We've become more vigilant around endpoint detection and security.

"We continue to evaluate the endpoints and look for ways to prevent any type of malware or viruses, whether it's blacklisting email addresses, [preventing] users from downloading links, etc."

Another top priority, he says, is to make the most of cyber threat information sharing.

"We're paying attention to the threat intelligence we receive from various sources and acting on that information quickly," he says.

In the interview (see audio link below photo), Kadakia also discusses:

  • Nation-state attacks and other top cyber threats facing the healthcare sector;
  • Cloud-related security challenges.
  • The potential use of blockchain in healthcare.

Kadakia is CISO and chief privacy officer at Partners HealthCare, a large Boston-based integrated healthcare system that includes Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Before joining Partners in 2014, Kadakia was a senior manager at Deloitte's privacy and security consultancy.

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