Security firm makes health IT push

August 24, 2013 in Medical Technology

NJVC, a firm with more than a decade of experience in securing IT environments in the defense and intelligence communities has announced its expansion into the healthcare market with the release of three free white papers focused on cybersecurity.

As part of this expansion, NJVC has released a three-part series of white papers for healthcare executives on cyber security to help them learn about the breadth of vulnerabilities and better protect their critical and highly sensitive data assets.

With 2014 looming, many organizations are reducing security budgets to prepare for the many costs associated with healthcare reform – leaving them vulnerable to costly cyber attacks, according to NJVC.

The goal of this white paper series is to offer a playbook for assessing risk so healthcare IT organizations may implement the defense systems they need to protect patient data, officials said.

According to the 2012 Verizon Industry Snapshot Report on Healthcare, 93 percent of healthcare industry attacks originate from hacking and the introduction of malware.

The white paper series includes papers on where to start, what is at stake and what to do to protect information.

“Healthcare IT leaders must strike a balance between being agile and responsive to stakeholders and managing the risk of compromised security with consistently shrinking budgets,” said Terri Schoenrock, director of healthcare solutions at NJVC and author of one of the white papers. “The high-wire act of leading in changing times is made more strenuous by the fast pace of change in the health IT systems that house patient data, and the growth in worldwide cyber attacks.”  

“The evolution from paper to digital health records is a game changer for healthcare,” said Robert Michalsky NJVC principal, cyber security. “Cyber attackers, both external and internal, know where healthcare organizations’ vulnerabilities are. Healthcare organizations must view cyber security as a process, rather than a product, to protect valuable patient health data and prevent an expensive and embarrassing breach.”

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