Oakland County’s Medical Main Street to Host Health Care Cybersecurity Event

Oakland County Medical Main Street will host Cyber Security Hacks in Health Care: Protecting Your Health Data on June 26 to address data breaches by cyber attackers in the health care industry.
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Oakland County Medical Main Street is hosting a workshop on cybersecurity in health care. // Stock photo

Oakland County Medical Main Street will host Cyber Security Hacks in Health Care: Protecting Your Health Data on June 26 to address data breaches by cyber attackers in the health care industry.

Data breaches cost the industry more than $5 billion every year as cyber attackers continue developing more sophisticated ways to access private data.

Keynote speakers are FBI Special Agent Benjamin Simon and FBI Intelligence Analyst Matthew Schwieger, who will discuss potential threats and provide possible solutions. Simon and Schwiger are members of the FBI Detroit Cyber Task Force, which is responsible for investigations in Michigan regarding criminal and national security computer intrusion.

Also, they also will discuss how organizations can mitigate security threats to their medical information, defend their network perimeter, and keep cybercriminals away.

While the health care industry is threatened by many of the known cyberattacking methods, it has its own unique considerations, including health care security found in medical devices. With pacemakers and other medical devices increasingly becoming connected to the internet, they face threats similar to other computer systems.

“We have cyber attacks from malware and ransomware, phishing attacks, misleading websites, cloud threats, and there are new ones every day,” says L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive.

A panel of experts will follow the keynote speakers and lead a discussion on how to protect data and information systems. The panel includes Debra A. Geroux, a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office; Chris Burrows, senior vice president of security solutions at CBI Cyber Security Solutions; Eric Eder, founder and CEO of Sequris Group; and Melissa Selke, account executive at Kapnick Insurance Group.

The event will conclude with a tour of the Cyber Range, which has a unique internet connection that is used for individual and collective training in the most current practices of cybersecurity. The secure sandbox environment that mimics a real-world setting is stocked with tools and targets to complete safety, performance, and efficiency tests to online assets. Testing the degree of security on connected products is of increasing importance against cybersecurity threats.

The event will be hosted from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on June 26 at the Velocity Collaboration Center in Sterling Heights. The event is free, but registration is required. Register here.

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