The HCI Group’s Vice President of Innovation and Technology, John McDaniel discusses how healthcare CIOs are to prevent breaches in cybersecurity.
"As a CIO, it’s really challenging to prevent a threat or a breach from happening, because the cost associated with the technology that's put in place to manage that whole prevention piece is a challenge. So, I think it’s a combination of spending for some well-funded, well-thought out technologies to help safeguard. More importantly, you must train your staff and make them aware of the issues. Most cybersecurity breaches, in general, occur within an organization, so training and education are extremely important, as well as having a process in place to detect when something has happened. It’s a lot less costly to detect a problem, because I can have technologies that monitor logs and monitor accesses; but they won’t prevent the breach.
As a former CIO, I had a breach where an individual made a copy of a cancer database, which the individual was authorized to do, and turned around and sold it to a competitor, which he wasn’t authorized to do. I could never have stopped it, unless I’d had some VDI technology in place that wouldn't have allowed copying of disks or of information in general--that might have prevented it. Only once the information got outside the organization was it detected."
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John McDaniel has more than 35 years of experience as a healthcare CIO, consulting services executive and as an executive with large healthcare solution companies. He is vice president of innovation and technology solutions for The HCI Group, the Global Leader in Healthcare IT Consulting.