2017 was an active year for healthcare IT professionals. 78% of healthcare providers experienced a ransomware or malware attack, and many of these attacks reinforced the fact that an attack can send an organization in disarray while causing thousands or even millions of dollars to go down the drain. These attacks also cause disruption to the primary healthcare mission…taking care of patients. While many are trying to make sure they are protected by these incidences 94% of the covered entities that were audited failed to demonstrate appropriate risk management plans.
To help address these challenges, CynergisTek hosted 27 educational workshops for cybersecurity, privacy, compliance, legal and HIM professionals within the healthcare industry. Workshops were conducted by our team of subject matter experts and covered a variety of relevant topics, including strategies for audit preparedness, the rise of ransomware attacks and the growing cyber threat landscape for healthcare organizations. During these workshops, real-world examples of recent incidents were analyzed and attendees learned key takeaways from each incident.
In 2017, we introduced three new speakers: Sean Hughes, Vice President of Managed Print Services; John Nye, Vice President of Cybersecurity Strategy; and David Finn, Executive Vice President of Strategic Innovations. These experts are in addition to the team of speakers who presented our 2016 workshops, Mac McMillan, David Holtzman, Marti Arvin and Clyde Hewitt.
Nearly 450 healthcare professionals attended the workshops and had positive feedback on the speakers and content provided. In fact, 89% of attendees stated that they found the workshops to be either “extremely educational” or “very educational.” 93% of attendees stated that they would be “very likely” to attend or recommend a future event.
Below is a sample of comments attendees provided when asked for feedback:
“Well presented; good atmosphere; good pace; good location; good event time.” – Senior Research Compliance Analyst
“It offered scenarios that caused me to really think about potential privacy and security issues at my organization, as well as strategies to avoid and respond to potential issues.” – Regional Compliance Officer
“Opportunity to discuss issues with the presenter afterward; knowledgeable presenter; real-world examples.” – Human Research Protection Program Director
“It touched on areas that I was not even aware of and prompted questions to our compliance and IT departments.” – Director of Health Information Management
“The presenters were very knowledgeable, subject matter very relevant, no fee to attend (very important as a safety-net hospital employee with limited funds for continuing education).” – Compliance Officer and Risk Manager
“Relatable topic with real solutions that can actually be implemented.” – Research Quality Analyst
Looking forward to 2018, we are excited to begin hosting workshops focused on incident response from both a security and compliance lens. These workshops will provide attendees with best practices for creating an incident response plan and will analyze how privacy, security, IT, compliance, and legal teams must work together during and after an incident.
View all of our upcoming workshops here.