Cybersecurity Companies That Impressed Me at HIMSS 2016

March 30, 2016

HIMSS logoBy Brad Katz, Cybersecurity Practice Leader

As a healthcare IT recruiter for Direct Recruiters, Inc., I look to identify the next growing markets in the healthcare IT space. As a result, I have been appointed by our senior management team to expand our current cybersecurity practice area as the demand for security provisions skyrockets. In fact, the global healthcare cybersecurity market is expected to exceed $170 billion by 2022.

That’s why at HIMSS 2016, I was most excited to meet and speak with key players in the cybersecurity industry in order to learn more about their company’s ground-breaking products and services.  Here are 10 organizations that impressed me:                                                                      
– Headquartered in Irvine, California, Cylance is redefining next generation endpoint threat software. They are revolutionizing cybersecurity with products and services that proactively prevent, rather than reactively detect, the execution of advanced persistent threats and malware. Their software is built to protect and keep threats out. They are very innovative in the cybersecurity space and making a big push into healthcare since attackers can now more easily gain access to systems and put patient health and personal information at risk. No other industry is hit harder by cyberattacks than healthcare.

Forcepoint– A joint venture of the Raytheon Company and Vista Equity Partners, Forcepoint safeguards against internal threats and outside attacks.  They offer industry-leading security healthcare solutions to protect a healthcare facility’s reputation and earn patients’ trust while enabling healthcare professionals to access patient data wherever and whenever they need it to provide the best care. Forcepoint helps simplify compliance while improving decision making and streamlining security. Forcepoint brings a new approach to security by safeguarding users, data, and networks. Forcepoint is based in Austin, Texas with worldwide sales, service, security laboratories and product development.

ESET– With over 25 years of experience in the security space, ESET has grown into a global brand with over 100 million users in 180 countries They base their approach on multiple layers of protection. They have many products that predict (cloud malware protection system, reputation and cache), prevent (exploit blocker, network attack protection), detect (DNA signatures, advanced memory scanner, botnet protection) and Respond (responding to malware).

SAS-SAS is making big headlines in healthcare cybersecurity not only in the US but also in Europe. Their cyber analytics solutions like the new SAS Cybersecurity can help prevent the theft of personally identifiable information (PII). If hackers have the PII, fraud-fighting software can spot suspicious claims and prevent the payments from ever being made. In addition, SAS helps to improve patient outcomes with analytics software and big data solutions that address readmissions, health outcomes and patient safety. SAS identifies potential issues before they become a reality by analyzing diverse data sources to predict and medically investigate patient safety signals.

Intel- The healthcare space has become a big focus for Intel. According to Intel’s data and research, avoiding breaches and associated business impacts are top priority and security concerns across healthcare organizations. Per Intel, healthcare security is all about survival. They can quickly assess breach security, establish maturity level relative to the healthcare industry all while creating an action plan to improve a security breach, reduce risk and enable adoption of beneficial new technologies to improve care.

DB Networks-Founded in 2009 and headquartered in San Diego, California, DB Networks is the industry’s first signature-less database cybersecurity. Their product was launched in 2013. They have pioneered database cybersecurity through intelligent sensors and turn-key appliances. The company was awarded a patent for their novel approach to database protocol information extraction. DB Networks next generation technology is based on database infrastructure sensors, deep protocol extraction, machine learning, and behavioral analysis. DB Networks database cybersecurity products are effective against both perimeter breaches and breaches resulting from an insider threat. This is a very innovative company that has made a fantastic footprint in the space.

SecureAuth– SecureAuth is the leader in adaptive access control solutions, empowering organizations to determine identities with confidence. They offer solutions in single sign-on and user self-service tools in a unified platform, allowing strong identity security with minimal user disruption. This team has many big named accounts such as HBO, Southwest Airlines, General Mills, Dillards, EA, Qualcomm, Tickmaster, Big Lots, Methodist, Grainger, Western Union, etc.

OpenSky Corp.-OpenSky provides security services to help organizations design, implement, operate, manage, assess, and improve their cybersecurity programs.  OpenSky has successfully delivered hundreds of security projects across diverse industries including healthcare. They are known for their HIPAA compliance and privacy assessments as well their medical device security assessments. OpenSky’s engagement managers confirm at every juncture that their clients’ goals are being achieved. OpenSky provides exceptional IT consulting and assessment services in a business model that ensures high quality deliverables.

Coalfire– Started in 2001 with a simple idea – cyber threats are increasing, compliance mandates are getting more complicated, and a well-designed cyber risk management program is needed. They have been rethinking risk management and compliance ever since. Coalfire helps organizations comply with global financial, government, industry and healthcare mandates while helping build the IT infrastructure and security systems that will protect their business from security breaches and data theft. The company is a leading provider of IT advisory services for security in retail, payments, healthcare, financial services, higher education, hospitality, government and utilities.

Carbon Black Enterprise Response-Carbon Black Enterprise Response helps protect healthcare providers and patients with advanced endpoint security. They understand that healthcare providers, insurers, patients, and executives expect access to sensitive information, business systems, and specialized applications anytime, anywhere and on any device. Carbon Black Enterprise Response is the most complete endpoint detection and response solution available to security teams who want single platform for hunting threats, disrupting adversary behavior and changing the economics of security operations. Carbon Black leads a new era of endpoint security by enabling organizations to disrupt advanced attacks, deploy the best prevention strategies, and leverage their expertise to shift the balance of power back to security teams.

Healthcare cybersecurity is no doubt on a fast trajectory due to the many factors at risk: patient intrusion, intellectual property thefts, confidentialities of business, loss and damage of electronic health records of patients, medical identity fraud, and more.

The companies mentioned above are helping drive change by delivering innovative and revolutionary security measures to reduce vulnerabilities.  They are no doubt key players operating in the healthcare cybersecurity space.

For more information or if I can help you with any of your current or upcoming cybersecurity talent needs, please contact me at 440-996-0580 or

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