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Security threats, hackers and shadow IT still plague health IT

Kenneth Corbin | July 3, 2015
New analyses of security posture in the fast-growing health-tech market highlight the challenges posed by both external threats and unauthorized cloud applications.

"We educate employees on which services are high-risk and provide them with cloud services that have best-in-class security capabilities and a great user experience," Hopfer says.

As hackers grow more sophisticated and attacks mount, security is a primary concern for CIOs in all industries, but it carries a special importance in healthcare owing to the sensitivity of the data involved. Moreover, much of the information contained in health records is unalterable, and, taken in composite, makes for a remarkably full profile that criminals can put to use for all manner of fraudulent ends.

"It's a social engineer's dream," says Mark Sander, a health IT veteran who co-founded the North Jersey CIO Roundtable. "You can change your driver's license information. You can change your banking information. How do you change your biometric data? You can't."


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