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How to get C-suite to focus on security

Texas Health Resources CIO Ed Marx and chief information security officer Ron Mehring used a harmless tactic to convince their senior management team of the importance of funding security initiatives. They handed out envelopes containing the members’ passwords, and in less than a second, Marx and Mehring were able to figure out the passwords. This tactic got the attention of the senior management team and convinced them of the need for adequate security resources. Underfunding security is common in the healthcare industry, but experts suggest that providers should prioritize understanding and managing risks rather than simply complying with regulations.

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