ESET Prepares Health IT Professionals for Cybersecurity Threatscape at HIMSS16

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ESET®, a global pioneer in proactive protection for more than two decades, announced today that Senior Security Researcher Stephen Cobb will be presenting “Cybercrime Triage: Managing Health IT Security Risk” on Tuesday, March 1 at 8:30 a.m. PT at the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 Conference in Las Vegas. The session, together with a Cyber Security Command Center presentation, will draw from “The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare Organizations in 2016,” a new Ponemon Institute survey of healthcare IT professionals, commissioned by ESET, to be released during the conference.

Cybercriminals recognize that electronic patient records maintained by American healthcare providers and insurers can be a rich source of personally identifiable information (PII). This makes this sensitive data an attractive target for unauthorized access and abuse. As a result, health-related organizations must reinforce their IT security and data privacy protections in a prudent manner, consistent with the reality of the criminal threats they face.

What:  “Cybercrime Triage: Managing Health IT Security Risk”
Who:    Stephen Cobb, Senior Security Researcher, ESET
When:  Tuesday, March 1, 2016 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. PT
Where: Palazzo L, Sands Expo, HIMSS16

In his presentation, Cobb will offer a prioritized list of the risks to medical data from cybercriminals, identifying which risks are greatest and which risks may be less serious than prevailing perceptions. By correlating this list with the associated costs for risk mitigation, organizations can better understand how to align their risk management strategy. By attending the session, participants will:

    • Gain a deeper understanding of cyberthreats to the privacy and security of medical data.
    • Learn what differentiates the health IT threatscape from that of other industries.
    • Improve their ability to assess the relative impact and probability of criminal threats to medical data.
    • Understand how to prioritize healthcare IT risks and appropriate risk mitigation strategies.

In addition, Cobb will present “Health IT Risks by the Numbers: What surveys do and don't say” at the Cyber Security Command Center on Wednesday, March 2. Protecting healthcare data starts with risk analysis, which requires hard data on the type of threats, their severity and their prevalence. The metrics need to be interpreted with care, as Cobb will discuss as he shares some of the latest healthcare cybersecurity stats from the forthcoming Ponemon study.

What: “Health IT Risks by the Numbers: What surveys do and don't say”
When: Wednesday, March 2, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. PT
Where: Cyber Security Command Center, Booth: 9908-12

“Just as medical triage relies upon medical knowledge to prioritize treatment, healthcare IT needs real-world knowledge of the threats they will most likely encounter in order to manage risks most efficiently,” says Cobb. “Fundamental defenses of a security posture include anti-malware, encryption, backup and authentication applications. Healthcare organizations should follow a sector-specific, structured approach to updating their risk management activities in line with changes in the threat landscape.”

ESET will be exhibiting at Booth 11912 and showcasing the IT solutions that help healthcare organizations address security challenges, ensure business continuity and improve their overall compliance posture. ESET’s security solutions address the major issues of HIPAA and HITECH compliance, balance patient privacy with clinician access and protect against malware to keep systems secure.

ESET solutions are easy to manage, light on system resources and effective against advanced malware threats. By streamlining IT security, healthcare organizations become more productive—allowing them to focus less on security issues and more on patient care.

For more information about implementing ESET solutions in your healthcare organization, visit

About ESET:
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Davida Dinerman
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