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Putting cybersecurity for healthcare on solid footing
This article is part of the Information Security issue of May 2019, Vol. 20, No. 2
Kevin Charest, Ph.D., works across multiple industries and platforms, focusing on improving cyberdefense through information sharing. He is divisional senior vice president and CISO at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), which operates the Blue Cross Blue Shield plans across the states of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Charest is a leading figure in cybersecurity for healthcare, responsible for all aspects of IT security operations across HCSC's five health plan states, including actively monitoring and mitigating current cyberthreats and overseeing the governance, risk and compliance program. He was CISO for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and directly responsible for the HHS cybersecurity technology portfolio. He now serves as a board chair for (ISC)2, the largest international information security certifying body in the world. What is the nature and scale of the infrastructure you are responsible for protecting? Kevin Charest: We have a primary data center in Illinois where we ...
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CISO Kevin Charest talks security threats he sees in the healthcare field and the means his company is using to thwart them, including HCSC's Cyber Fusion Center.