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Making the Most of Threat Intelligence in Healthcare

Taylor Lehmann of Google Cloud on Defending Against the Latest Threats
Taylor Lehmann, director, office of the CISO, Google Cloud

The onslaught of distributed denial-of-service, ransomware, data exfiltration and other attacks on the healthcare sector highlight the importance of optimizing the many sources of threat intelligence available today, says Taylor Lehmann, director of the office of the CISO at Google Cloud.

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"Healthcare is increasingly attacked, and the stakes are high. When things go wrong, patients could potentially suffer, and human safety is at risk," he said in an interview with Information Security Media Group.

To better defend the enterprise, healthcare entities first need to understand the different forms of intelligence out there, Lehmann said. "There's strategic intelligence - an aggregation of an analysis of trends in things going on that are informative to defense mechanisms that organizations should consider and put in place," he said. "And then there's also intelligence that's directly useful for things like risk management. Those tend to be intelligence products that because they take time to analyze and gather data, they're not so frequently issued, but they have a role to play, and that type of information is extremely helpful for leaders and risk managers to make decisions."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Lehmann also discusses:

  • Google's threat intelligence work with the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center;
  • Attacks involving the theft of intellectual property in the pharmaceutical industry;
  • Threat intelligence-sharing considerations for healthcare and other sectors.

Lehmann advises Google Cloud customers on adopting a high security bar without compromise or unnecessary friction. He is an experienced CISO whose past work involved securing global healthcare organizations, and he has held CISO roles for hospitals, health insurance, health IT organizations and global banks.

About the Author

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

Executive Editor, HealthcareInfoSecurity, ISMG

McGee is executive editor of Information Security Media Group's media site. She has about 30 years of IT journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues for more than 15 years. Before joining ISMG in 2012, she was a reporter at InformationWeek magazine and news site and played a lead role in the launch of InformationWeek's healthcare IT media site.

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