National Cyber Security Awareness Month

HIMSS Joins NCSA in Celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

 
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HIMSS joins the National Cyber Security Alliance and numerous other Champions in celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), held annually in October.

Since its inception a decade ago under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-size businesses, corporations, educational institutions, and young people across the nation.

The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility. Our Shared Responsibility is once again our theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015.

Get Involved!

NCSAM Champion LogoJoin HIMSS and show your institution's cybersecurity leadership by becoming a National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) Champion. It’s free and a great way to show your support for NCSAM and cybersecurity awareness. Become a NCSAM Champion now!

Education: Mark Your Calendar

February 29 - March 4, 2016

HIMSS Annual Conference

HIMSS Annual Conference is the largest health IT event in the industry. View details for privacy and security educational sessions and events.

February 29, 2016

HIMSS Annual Conference Cybersecurity Symposium: Cybersecurity: Time to Improve Your Posture

March 3, 2016

HIMSS Annual Conference Workshop: Implementing Healthcare Cyber-Hygiene with the Critical Security Controls: A SANS Workshop

Join a Task Force or Work Group

The HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee guides the implementation of strategic initiatives that promote the privacy and security of healthcare information and management systems. The Committee also provides oversight for several volunteer task forces and work groups. Further information about these task forces and work groups is listed below.

Privacy & Security Policy Task Force

Purpose: This Task Force supports HIMSS Policy activities by providing privacy and security expertise and input such as position statements, explanatory/educational materials, and model legislative texts for distribution to federal, state and local lawmakers as appropriate.

Cloud Computing Work Group

Purpose: The focus of the Cloud Computing WG will be to explore, define and discuss cloud computing risks, issues, challenges and solutions, and develop tools and resources that individual healthcare organizations and business associates can use to assist them in vetting and selecting the appropriate cloud computing vendor and service as well as service creating policies and processes to support cloud computing implementations for their organizations.

Patient Identity Integrity Work Group

Purpose: The purpose of this work group is to explore the complex of issues that surround accurate identification of an individual’s information within and across systems, as well as the business processes that must be in place to support and maintain data integrity for quality of care.

Risk Assessment Work Group

Purpose: The purpose of this WG will be to explore, define and discuss risk assessment and develop useful white papers, guides, case studies, tools and other resources that individual healthcare organizations and security practitioners can use to assist them in developing their own implementations, guide their third party vendor selection processes (if desired), and/or inform their policy decisions.

Join a Privacy & Security Task Force or Work Group!

Tools & Resources

Practical Tips on Safeguarding Information for Healthcare Organizations (NSCAM Tip Sheet)

When it comes to safeguarding information, your patients and coworkers trust you to protect it. Safeguarding information is our shared responsibility. You can do your part by taking certain precautions by using these STOP.THINK.CONNECT.-inspired tips, jointly developed by HIMSS North America and the National Cyber Security Alliance. View the tip sheet >

Healthcare Privacy and Security Podcast: Episode #1: What You Need to Know About Conducting Security Risk Assessments - Part 1 of 2

Adam Kehler, CISSP, Privacy and Security Specialist for Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, explains in this podcast what healthcare providers need to know about security risk assessments. Listen to the podcast>

Healthcare Privacy and Security Podcast: Episode #2: What You Need to Know About Conducting Security Risk Assessments - Part 2 of 2

Adam Kehler, CISSP, Privacy and Security Specialist for Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, provides valuable information in this podcast on what healthcare providers need to do after conducting a security risk assessment. Listen to the podcast>

Previous National Cyber Security Awareness Month Resources

Continue exploring our catalogue of NCSAM resources by viewing educational offerings developed for previous National Cyber Security Month events. Explore additional resources>

HIMSS Privacy & Security Toolkits

The HIMSS Privacy & Security Toolkits offers new insights and up-to-date information in many areas, including a timely discussion of some national-level initiatives. View the Toolkits>

Guide to Keeping Information Safe and Secure Infographic

Find out why industry-wide safety measures are on the rise with this Infographic.

View the Infographic

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Questions or Feedback?

Lee Kim, BS, JD, FHIMSS
Director, Privacy and Security
lkim@himss.org