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The 'Appropriate' Use of Analytics for Breach Detection

Teresa Grogan of VertitechIT on Emerging Technologies and Trends
The 'Appropriate' Use of Analytics for Breach Detection
Teresa "Terry" Grogan, CIO at consulting firm VertitechIT

The appropriate use of predictive analytics, going beyond a "set it and forget it" approach, could dramatically improve breach detection, says Teresa Grogan, CIO of the consultancy VertitechIT.

"These tools have been out for a while, and the AI [artificial intelligence] gets better and better," she says in an interview with Information Security Media Group. "But the key word is 'appropriate.' Appropriately and thoughtfully installing, configuring and using them can really help catch much more quickly theft of loss of data or potential breaches into the network."

Unfortunately, she says, too many organizations aren't putting analytical tools to good use. "Folks sometimes buy them and install them, and then 'set it and forget it' - and that's not a good way of using those tools."

Underutilized Technology

One of the most underutilized emerging security technologies in healthcare is voice biometrics, she contends.

"I'm seeing more and more companies offering this as a way of doing secondary log-ins in order to eliminate the insecure passwords, and also using them as identity mechanisms ... for remote people calling in looking for information, and identifying whether that's really the person calling," she notes.

In the interview (see audio link below photo), Grogan discusses:

  • Top cybersecurity and privacy challenges and threats facing the healthcare sector;
  • Security mistakes entities make in their infrastructure environments;
  • Her service as an interim chief technology officer, working on such projects as network segmentation.

Grogan was the founder and principal consultant of Health Technology Solutions prior to its acquisition by VertitechIT. In her service as an interim IT executive hired out by VertitechIT, Grogan is currently the executive project officer at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She formerly served as interim CTO for Temple University Health System, and CTO for numerous smaller healthcare and business organizations throughout the mid-Atlantic states.

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