MeriTalk: VA CISO Discusses Cyber Protections Amid Telehealth Surge

“Paul Cunningham, chief information security officer (CISO) at the  Department of Veterans (VA), explained this week how the agency is addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities to protect its users and their health care and financial data as the agency has turned increasingly to providing telehealth services for veterans.”

“The use of telehealth services for veterans has increased exponentially at the VA since the start of the pandemic, leading the agency to double its bandwidth, Cunningham explained during an October 7 cybersecurity event organized by ACT-IAC.”

“Telehealth services have been among a relatively new and well-received wave of tech-enabled services for veterans, the agency CISO said.”

“’We had to step up our game because handling [this need] across the whole nation was a challenge for us. We worked with our business partners to expand our bandwidth and provide a necessary service,’  Cunningham said.”

“At the same time, cybersecurity is an enduring risk factor for health care and financial data. Data breaches are costly and disruptive, and the health and financial sectors face unique challenges in building resilience against cybersecurity risks…” Read the full article here.

Source: VA CISO Discusses Cyber Protections Amid Telehealth Surge – By Lisbeth Perez, October 7, 2021. MeriTalk.

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