On Point

Using Technology to Aid the Opioid Crisis’ Innocent Victims

and September 11th, 2018

Fear of sharing confidential information is the most cited roadblock to using technology to address the current wave of opioid crisis. But secure information sharing happens every day in areas like national security. The crisis warrants use of equivalent cybersecurity controls to manage risk. Our nation is in a war with opioids, why not arm ourselves with every available weapon?

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Security

Data Security – The Non-Obvious Facets

August 27th, 2018

A lot is already known and experienced about data security. This blog tries to slice and dice the data security paradigm differently, with the aim of providing a different perspective. The hope is that, different perspectives lead to different viewpoints, thoughts, realizations and ideas. If this blog creates a new thought or idea, and leads to an ‘aha’ moment, then it’s a purpose well served.

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Security

TrustCheck: Challenging Assumptions in Cyber Risk Management

July 27th, 2018

When I was 12 years old, my dad told me, “Never assume, it makes an ass out of u and me.” I don’t recall the context of the discussion, but I do remember responding appropriately with a groan. As I got older, I realized that assumptions are a necessary part of decision-making. But it’s also wise to challenge those assumptions—any time I start to question mine, I think back to that #DadJoke. Cyber risk management is heavily dependent on assumptions. As security leaders, we rely on heat maps, vulnerability counts and patches.... read more.

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Security

Modern Tools for Today’s Growing Threat Landscape

July 27th, 2018

Warmer days bring greener landscape, but with this growth comes maintenance, such as weekly grass trimming. The lawn mower has evolved from sheep, to scythe, to reel cutter, to engine-powered blades—now in the computer age, it uses automation to mow consistently and constantly. Trading my gas-powered lawn mower for a robotic one, I finally decided to stop applying 20th century technology to my 21st century landscape. So why are we not doing the same for cybersecurity?

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Life Sciences and Healthcare

Medical Device Management: The High Cost of Doing Nothing

July 24th, 2018

An average hospital system has thousands of stationary and mobile medical devices and spends millions of dollars on maintenance, purchasing, and leasing. However, when it comes to investing in an integrated solution that can manage these effectively, decision makers are reluctant to change status quo or move away from existing approaches that are "working". But maybe doing nothing is actually costing them more...

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