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We Need More Astronauts: Using Managed Services to Address Cyber Staffing Shortages (Part 5 of 5)

Just as the U.S. Space Program has dwindled its staff in recent years and partnered with private industry for support, healthcare organizations are also feeling the pinch of not enough qualified IT and Security staff members to navigate the largely uncharted territory of cyberspace. Is your healthcare organization having a difficult time filling information security and privacy positions? Perhaps many security projects are slowing down or coming to a complete standstill as your security program initiatives get backed up. Read More

Outer Space and Cyberspace Are Dangerous Places (Part 4 of 5)

Each time a shuttle, rocket, person or animal is shot into space, spectators watch because we can visualize and imagine the risks. We understand a lack of oxygen, gravitational force, water and food creates extreme survival difficulties. However, the risks and dangers of operating health practices in cyberspace are less visible. There is no “blast-off” of your health record or financial information rocketing into the unknown with a huge fuel cloud to mark the occasion. Still, the information is going into the great, wide unknown, often without adequate information security and risk analysis and protections. Read More

Healthcare’s Space Junk: Medical Device & IoT Security (Part 3 of 5)

At the beginning of space exploration, lost satellites and flight equipment was probably not high on the space program’s priority list. Once satellites were launched and replaced, then the topic of lost “space junk” emerged. Medical device and IoT inventory management poses a similar issue in our industry. Not knowing where devices are located is a red flag in managing data security; as a treasure trove of data may be resident on the devices themselves. Read More

GDPR: Different Galaxy, Different Security & Privacy Rules (Part 2 of 5)

For decades, we’ve imagined the different life forms we might encounter while traveling in space. The series Star Trek has entertained generations by imagining how things might be different in another galaxy. Likewise, in healthcare; Europe’s newly revised security and privacy directives under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) have us feeling like we need to update security and privacy programs to meet the standards of another galaxy. Many CISOs and Privacy executives are asking the questions, “Does GDPR apply to us?” or “How will GDPR be enforced for US-based healthcare organizations?” Read More

Mission Control, We Have a Breach Problem (Part 1 of 5)

Security and compliance teams are your organization’s “mission control centers” for ensuring that the mission of healthcare delivery is conducted safely and effectively. Mission control has been raising alarms of late to notify leadership that information security breaches are on the rise. Read More

Women in Cybersecurity | Time for More!

Cybersecurity is one of the best technology jobs as rated by U.S News & World Report’s "Best Technology Jobs” of 2018. Still many people, especially women, are not interested in choosing it as a career option. In this blog post, Meditology Services IT Risk Management Consultant Maliha Charania analyzes some common misconceptions women may have about cybersecurity jobs. She also presents strategies cybersecurity professionals can follow to encourage women to opt for cybersecurity as their career. Read More