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State of Security in the Next Generation Healthcare Network

State of Security in the Next Generation Healthcare Network

State of Security in the Next Generation Healthcare Network

TODAYS GUEST Chris Richter, Senior Vice President of Global Security Services for Level 3 Communications

Chris joined us to tell us about the great work that Level 3 is doing to enable enhanced information-sharing, collaboration and application performance and also she discusses their recent Healthcare Security Study.  Specifically, we discussed the following with Chris:

  1. (3:43) Chris, will you start by identifying the overall trends in security in Healthcare today in terms of technology, costs, and talent?
  2. (6:30) Chris, we read new headlines almost every week about security issues in healthcare. But what can you tell us about the general state of healthcare security beyond the headlines? What are your observations? What are the current risks? Can you share any case studies?
  3. (8:40) Early last year we heard about many cases of Ransomware attacks, but not some much anymore. Have the attacks stopped or are they just getting less press?
  4. (10:35) Level 3 has just completed a Healthcare Security Study. Will you give us a preview of the study and the key takeaways?
  5. (15:38) We’ve clearly identified and somewhat quantified the problem, Chris. But what is a healthcare organization to do. What are some top threat mitigation recommendations you can offer to our listeners?
  6. (18:05) What predictions do you have for healthcare security space in 2017?

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2017 Healthcare Security Study

The 2017 Healthcare Security Study, conducted by HIMSS Analytics and sponsored by Level 3 Communications, Inc. (LVLT), was designed to identify and understand high-level IT security concerns in the healthcare industry as the threat landscape continues to evolve, placing the industry’s valuable healthcare data and critical care infrastructure at risk.  Here is a multimedia summary 2017 Healthcare Security Study and Chris Richter provides a great high level overview in the video below.

About Chris Richter

Chris Richter is Level 3’s Senior Vice President of Global Security Services with responsibility for the company’s Global Managed and Professional Security Services line of business. With 30 years of experience in IT, Chris has held a number of leadership positions in managed security, IT consulting and sales with several technology product and services organizations. He served most recently as vice president of Managed Security Services at CenturyLink.
For more than a decade, Chris has assisted numerous IT organizations in adapting their premises-based infrastructure risk management programs and security controls to outsourced, virtualized and shared-infrastructure services. He has acted as both a board member and technical advisor for technology firms, and writes and speaks regularly about cybersecurity, risk management and IT outsourcing. Chris also is a member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and holds Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certifications.

Follow the security conversation with Chris on Twitter @richteroncyber.

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications is a premier global communications provider headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, that provides communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Anchored by extensive fiber networks on three continents and connected by undersea facilities, our global services platform features deep metro assets reaching more than 500 markets in more than 60 countries.

Level 3’s global network reliably and securely provides enhanced, scalable network capabilities to address the increasingly complex operating environment of today’s technology landscape. We take end-to-end responsibility for monitoring and maintaining the network. We listen to what you need and engineer solutions to your specifications. Our comprehensive portfolio of data, security, video, voice and unified communications solutions provide powerful options to address your most difficult IT challenges.

We can help you grow your business, expand into new markets and improve the efficiency of your operations. Because when it comes to your success, we believe it’s just as much our responsibility as it is yours.

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See also:



Next Generation Healthcare Network, Enterprise Communications, Unified Communications

#HITSecurity, #Cybersecurity, #DDOS, #HealthIT

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