Evidence that the world is going mobile is everywhere. The market for connected health technology is projected to hit $117 billion by 2020, and 86 percent of clinicians believe mobile apps will be central to patient health in that time frame. At least 50 percent of smartphone users have downloaded a mobile health app. We also see mobile’s growth with the appearance of tablets, more powerful smartphones and Fitbits. As healthcare patients turn into healthcare consumers, patient portals and apps …

Ransomware has exploded in popularity during the past two years, with the number of identified families growing 400 percent since 2015. It affects individuals, nonprofits and enterprises alike, but it’s is particularly fond of the healthcare industry because of the value of patient data and the criticality of hospitals. To help the healthcare IT industry (and others) learn more about ransomware, I’ve compiled a list of the most informational articles on the web to date. Health and Human Services Department …

As the gap between desktop and mobile becomes smaller and smaller, businesses are encouraging the use of mobile apps and a BYOD environment. But with this power of creativity and productivity comes responsibility to security, and that’s something many CISOs are worried about. One of these threats to enterprise security is data jacking. It’s the misuse or theft of data on a mobile from its primary owner. Examples of data jacking include ransomware, mobile malware, and theft of mobile devices …

Amazon’s S3 outage yesterday brought down a large part of the internet, leaving thousands of companies and their customers stranded. While the outage itself only lasted about four hours, the effects were felt for much longer, and it highlighted how reliable the public cloud truly is. One of the hardest things about cloud adoption for CIOs is dealing with the sense of losing control. For many CIOs, this came to light yesterday in AWS’ outage. That sense of loss of control …

Ransomware has made headlines time and again for its devastating effectiveness on governments and organizations, but researchers are starting to pay attention to a developing trend within ransomware: Ransomware as a Service (RaaS). Ransomware as a Service allows anyone, regardless of programming background or coding skills, to infect computers and extract money from victims. Why are researchers paying attention to RaaS? It represents a new form of malware distribution, where people who have zero coding or programming skills can send …

Everyone wants in with Big Data, whether it’s to get more insight on patient records, customer behavior, or the college admissions process. But if you don’t have the right tools, you can quickly find yourself in the deep end wading through that much data. How do you stay on top of it? Big Data starts at the infrastructure level. Once you have the proper hardware in place, then you can move up the stack and focus on your database and …

Our world is on its way to being completely connected and at our fingertips, thanks to the Internet of Things. But with those millions of possibilities comes the millions of threats of security breaches connected devices pose. It’s an issue that is slowly getting attention, but it will probably take many more attacks like the one on Dyn in October before a change in culture is brought about. If you use devices such as cameras to monitor hallways or medical …

There’s been a lot of buzz around the idea of Software Defined Everything, and it’s considered the next “big thing” in IT. Is your organization ready for the promises of a software-defined world? If not, what do you need to consider to be prepared? What is Software Defined Everything? It’s an overarching term that includes software-defined networking, (SDN) storage, (SDS) and data centers (SDDC). It is also called Software Defined Infrastructure or SDx (Software-Defined Anything). With the infrastructure virtualized and …

CloudHealth Technologies recently released their “Secrets of the Cloud Leaders” report in which they surveyed 388 senior decision makers from US enterprises about their current cloud usage and strategy. According to the survey, respondents which they designated as “cloud leaders” based on their results, grew revenue 2.3x faster and on average are generating a 35% YOY increase in their top line. The study drew a clear link between those enterprises executing a clear plan with the cloud, see far superior results …

Ransomware may have possibly taken the crown as THE crime to beat in 2016, with record growth and profits for criminals. The healthcare industry is a particularly attractive target, because hospital systems are often vulnerable and the critical nature of patient data means they are more likely to pay out than risk being locked out of their files. While payments used to start around $50, the average payout is now $679, with $209 million paid out in Q1 of 2016 …

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