May 3, 2017

The two-day conference in San Francisco during May will also include best practices and proven approaches as well as projections about the future of cybersecurity.
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Jane Harper, director of privacy and security risk management at Henry Ford Health System, and FBI assistant special agent Malcolm Palmore are featured speakers at the Privacy & Security Form in San Francisco.

The information security threat landscape continues evolving and hospital IT departments face a barrage of new issues.

Hospitals most significant weakness? The lack of standardization when it comes to existing security frameworks, according to FBI assistant special agent Malcolm Palmore.

Indeed, that is as true in healthcare as other industries and both personally-identifiable and protected health information, of course, present unique challenges.

That means solo hospitals and massive health networks alike need to identify and operationalize risk. Addressing data breaches and HIPAA compliance is merely a start and all of sorts of new risks are continuously emerging.

Palmore is slated to deliver a keynote at the upcoming HIMSS and Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum May 11-12, 2017 in San Francisco, California. The two-day event features more than 30 sessions and speakers with a range of topics from thwarting identity theft to Internet of Things security issues to proven approaches for keeping phishing attacks at bay. Experts will also address ransomware, risk management, creating compliant security relationships and applying Navy Seal methodologies to your security posture.

Another emerging issue infosec professionals must manage: consumerism.

Jane Harper, director of privacy and security risk management at Henry Ford Health System, and a keynote speaker at the upcoming event, advised hospitals to include consumerism in their risk management probability models.

Harper explained that in the past consumerism was simpler because most people had insurance through their employer and they accepted that for what it was. Since the Affordable Care Act, however, more and more patients are shopping for healthcare because of plans with high deductible. And the more patients out there shopping for insurance or care the higher the likelihood that they will be aware of security incidents and data breaches — and that could, the argument goes, result in significant revenue loss.

The Privacy & Security Forum will also include a session led by two University of California, Berkeley researchers projecting how trends including artificial intelligence and machine learning, bio-sensors and emotional computing will shape the future of cybersecurity.

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