Series Provides Roadmap for Healthcare Organizations to Improve Their Cyber Stances Despite Shrinking Security Budgets

CHANTILLY, Va., Aug. 22, 2013 — NJVC has released a three-part series of white papers for healthcare executives on cyber security to help them learn about the breadth of cyber 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. 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. 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 series includes the following titles:
1.    “Protecting Digital Health Information: Where to Start?” (Terri Schoenrock, director, NJVC healthcare solutions)
2.    “Protecting Digital Health Information: What Is at Stake?” (Robert J. Michalsky, principal, NJVC cyber security)
3.    “Protecting Digital Health Information: What to Do?” (Robert J. Michalsky, principal, NJVC cyber security)

“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,” Schoenrock said. “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,” Michalsky said. “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.”

“Protecting Digital Health Information: Where to Start?” answers:

  • Are IT security policies and procedures sufficient? Are they being followed?
  • Are user authentication and access management properly fortified?
  • How secure are owned and non-owned mobile devices and wireless networks?
  • How does one quickly assess new applications to determine whether there are security vulnerabilities?
  •  Is the IT infrastructure providing the proper level of security?
  • Can the information in scanning and SIEM systems be quickly correlated to help IT professionals understand if an attack has occurred?
  •  How can an organization move from reactive mode to real-time security intelligence?

“Protecting Digital Information: What Is at Stake?” discusses:

  • What stakeholders need to be involved in cyber security?
  • What information assets are at risk?
  • What key cyber security issues impact healthcare?
  • What steps can an organization take to protect itself?

“Protecting Digital Health Information: What to Do?” covers:

  • Why and how can an independent, third-party assessment of healthcare IT strengthen a healthcare organization’s security posture in the current digital landscape?
  • What does a third-party assessment entail?
  • Why should a healthcare organization invest precious funds in such an assessment? What are the risks if it does not?

To download the white papers free of charge, visit

“NJVC possesses more than a decade of protecting the most secure IT environments in the world—those of the U.S. defense and intelligence communities,” Michalsky said. “NJVC now is pleased to offer this proven expertise to the healthcare market.”


About NJVC

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