CEO's perspective: Cybersecurity is a strategic imperative

Healthcare IT News

Mike Miliard

In one session at the HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum Digital Summit on Monday, Bryan Kirby, vice president of IT and cybersecurity recruiting firm Kirby Partners, noted that too many healthcare providers still see the domain of the chief information security officer as the "Department of No." (As in: No, that time-saving tool or device is not cleared for use, due to privacy or compliance concerns.)

When they're not seen as scolds, CISOs are more generally seen as smart and technically-minded leaders within the IT department, of course. But but many still have "limited if any exposure to the board room or the C-suite," said Kirby – who cited one survey that found that "74% of C-level executives do not believe CISOs deserve a seat at the leadership table."

And if many CISOs and their team are...

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