InfoSystems, Inc., a trusted provider of traditional and modern infrastructure solutions and IT optimization and cybersecurity services, announced today that their Executive Vice President and CISO, Fred Cobb, has renewed his certification as a HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) through 2023. The vendor-neutral HCISPP credential validates the core knowledge and experience needed to implement, manage and assess the appropriate security and privacy controls of a healthcare organization. HCISPP validates that a practitioner understands the best practices and techniques to protect organizations and sensitive patient data against emerging threats and breaches.
In addition to Fred’s HCISSP certification achievement, Rob Ashcraft, Senior Cyber Strategist at InfoSystems, completed the HCISPP training and achieved the arduous HCISSP certification earlier in 2020. As a recognized leader in IT managed services, InfoSystems recognizes the importance of assisting our healthcare clients achieve and maintain a strong information security posture.
Healthcare security is a dynamic and moving target, and the stakes are exceptionally high. CMS and HIPAA are holding organizations to high standards of accountability under the Omnibus Rule and Meaningful Use requirements, and HHS has been levying record penalties for organizations that fail to comply with regulations. However, small security and privacy budgets limit the safeguard of connected health solutions despite an increased use of these technologies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the drastic increase in telehealth and other virtual healthcare solutions, hospitals and medical providers of all types are becoming increasingly susceptible to online attacks – threatening day-to-day work and compromising confidential patient data. Long, busy days mean healthcare staff don’t have the time and resources to educate themselves about online risks. The potential disruption caused by a complete overhaul in online security is too vast for a lot of organizations to even start to consider.
Investing in cybersecurity is critical to healthcare leaders, but with new threats uncovered every day, it’s difficult to know where an organization would be better off investing their cybersecurity budget. The HCISPP credential validates the healthcare cybersecurity expertise of InfoSystems, as we continue to support organizations in mitigating risk, protecting personal health information integrity and being responsible stewards of electronic patient health information.