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SANS Institute Cyber Security Summit to Help Healthcare Organizations Balance Innovation and Security

  • Bethesda, MD
  • September 17, 2013

While significant progress has been made using technology to create more efficient, reliable processes within the healthcare industry, security challenges are causing great concern among patients and providers. To help healthcare organizations balance innovation and security, SANS Institute will host an inaugural Healthcare Cyber Security Summit on October 23-24, 2013 in San Francisco. This unique event brings together some of the brightest minds in security and healthcare to discuss proven approaches for securing and succeeding in today's evolving healthcare industry. Included among the topics for discussion are mobile and cloud computing.

"As evidenced by a growing number of news stories reporting data breaches within the healthcare industry, organizations are having a difficult time balancing patient demands for more personal and convenient care with cyber security challenges," said John Pescatore, director of Emerging Trends at SANS Institute. "While technology is changing the way doctors and patients interact, it also is creating a great number of security challenges. SANS' Healthcare Cyber Security Summit was developed to educate health care organizations about how they can balance the security, compliance and innovation to thrive in today's quickly changing market."

The summit will feature presentations, panels, case study discussions, hands-on training and networking opportunities with the industry's top security professionals. Summit presenters include Lisa Herrinton, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Kaiser Permanente; Special Agent Kristen McLeran, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Jim Routh, CISO, Aetna; Sherry Ryan, CISO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of CA; and more.

Agenda highlights for the summit include:

  • Disrupting Healthcare Organizations: New Data Customers, New Data Workflows (keynote address)
  • Top 5 Security Issues for Medical Devices
  • Real-World Healthcare Cyber Security: The View from the Top (keynote panel)
  • Establishing a Healthcare ISAC Framework
  • BYOD in a Clinical Care Setting: A Case Study
  • Risk Mitigation Strategies: Lessons Learned from Actual Insider Attacks in the Healthcare Sector

For more information on SANS' Healthcare Cyber Security Summit including panel and discussion overviews and a complete list of industry presenters, or to register for the event, please visit:

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