David Finn and Tony Douglas: How at Risk Are Our Healthcare Networks?


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How at Risk Are Our Healthcare Networks?

Civilian hospitals organized to give care to the wounded and sick, the infirm and maternity cases, may in no circumstances be the object of attack, but shall at all times be respected and protected by the Parties to the conflict.

-- Geneva Conventions; Article 18, Section 3, Fourth Geneva Convention

Even at humanity’s worst, we could reach agreements on the kind of behavior that was acceptable in times of war. Attacks on healthcare delivery organizations around the world are ramping and it appears that the attackers have little regard for the collateral damage ransomware attacks cause. How can the industry evolve to ensure that devices that are integral to keeping people alive are also protected from attackers

Matt Stephenson welcomes CynergisTek Executive Vice President David Finn alongside Forescout Senior Director of Healthcare Tony Douglas for an in-depth discussion of what is happening in the world of securing Healthcare Delivery organizations. We talk about leveraging the native complexity of healthcare technology and what can be done to mitigate risk in order to protect the lives of patients as well as the data inside the networks.

About David Finn

David Finn (@DavidSFinn) is the Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Information Systems & Security at CynergisTek. He has been involved in leading the planning, management and control of enterprise-wide, mission-critical information technology and business processes for more than 30 years. He was Vice President, CIO and Privacy/Information Officer at Texas Children’s Hospital for nearly eight years. This unique experience in risk management and control objectives of technology (including audit, security, and privacy) allows him a distinctive perspective in the design and implementation of business applications and the processes that the technology must support. He is known for creatively engaging all types of audiences, conveying messages that even change-resistant users listen to and remember. David is a member of the Health Management Technology Editorial Advisory Board.

True story… David presented Ray Charles with his 40th birthday cake. That is a thing that happened.

About Tony Douglas

Tony Douglas is the Senior Director of Healthcare at Forescout. He is an accomplished IT professional with over 19 years of experience, focused in the vertical markets, namely the healthcare industry. Tony operates as strategic partner with the Executive team, where he is passionate about the role of information technology and the possibilities it offers for improving the quality and efficiency of patient care.

About Matt Stephenson

Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Social Media team at Forescout, which puts me in front of people all over the world. Prior to joining Forescout, I hosted podcasts, videos and live events all over the world which put me with experts on every corner of the cybersecurity landscape. The new No Name Security Podcast will continue and expand upon that tradition as we seak out the leading minds in the security industry as well as those may break things every now again. And… just for fun, there will be some wildcard guests as well.

In 10 years in the ecosystem of Data Protection and Cybersecurity I have toured the world extolling the virtues of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how, when applied to information security, these technologies can wrong-foot the bad guys. Prior to the COVID shutdown, I was on the road over 100 days a year doing live malware demonstrations for audiences from San Diego to DC to London to Abu Dhabi to Singapore to Sydney. One of the funniest things I've ever been a part of was blowing up a live instance of NotPetya 6 hours after the news broke... in Washington DC... directly across the street from FBI HQ... as soon as we activated it a parade of police cars with sirens blaring roared past the building we were in. I'm pretty sure they weren't there for us, but you never know...

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Wherever I go, my job is all about talking with the people who build, manage or wreck the systems that we have put in place to make the world go round...

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