“Top Traits of Effective Healthcare CISOs and Their Staff” research from ESET security expert to be presented at HIMSS 2017

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There is one critical role that leads the charge in a healthcare organization’s digital security and cyber defense: the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). While CISOs are tasked with all aspects of digital protection, from staffing to technology decisions, little research exists regarding strategies for effective performance in the IT leadership role.

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To gain deeper insight into what it takes to fill the knowledge and skills gap for CISOs and their staff within a healthcare organization, ESET® Senior Security Researcher Stephen Cobb conducted original academic and private industry research to explore this topic. Cobb will present his findings in “Top Traits of Effective Healthcare CISOs and Their Staff” on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. ET at the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2017 Conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

“Leading a healthcare organization’s efforts to reinforce its security and data privacy protections in the face of the current threat landscape is daunting but necessary,” said Cobb. “The research produced a clearer picture of the information organizations need to be successful in their cybersecurity hiring. An organization can improve its ability to respond to current and future cyber threats by understanding what it takes to be an effective CISO.”

About the event:

What: Top Traits of Effective Healthcare CISOs and Their Staff

Who: Stephen Cobb, senior security researcher, ESET

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 8:30–9:30 a.m. ET

Where: HIMSS17, Orange County Convention Center, Tangerine Ballroom, F4

By attending the session, participants will:

  • Understand how to successfully staff the roles and responsibilities involved in defending healthcare information systems from the full spectrum of threats;
  • Learn how to apply the current research into effective cybersecurity staffing, from the knowledge, skills and abilities required to the desirable aptitudes and personality traits;
  • Gain valuable insight to apply to their organizations’ recruitment and retention efforts based on insights drawn from both established and ongoing research into cybersecurity roles;
  • Be able to advise human resources on cost-effective security recruitment strategies, thereby strengthening security posture; and
  • Acquaint themselves with public and private initiatives that are working to close the cybersecurity skills gap, in healthcare and beyond, and how to get involved with them.

ESET helps healthcare organizations address security challenges and protect against malware to keep systems secure and ensure HIPAA and HITECH compliance. To learn about how ESET protects healthcare organizations, please visit ESET’s healthcare solutions page.

About ESET

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