Sunday, April 8, 2018

10 Veterans will Receive $10,000 of FREE Cyber Security Training!

Join us on Thursday, April 12 at 6:15 pm (EST) for our

In support of our effort to promote cyber security careers in the military affiliate community (Active Duty, Reserve, Veterans, Spouses, Dependents and Civilian DOD), we will be offering $10,000 of cyber security certifications for FREE to 10 attendees viewing the show.

The 10 attendees selected will receive the Mile2 Certified Vulnerability Assessor electronic course training program, and the opportunity to sit for this nationally recognized certification examination. Those selected will receive a “My Mile2” student account, and a full year online access to the following digital course materials:

  • Course Textbook
  • Video Training Series
  • Course Prep Guide
  • Exam Practice Questions
  • Certification Exam Voucher
  • Certification Exam Re-Take Voucher

Upon successful completion of the examination, a PDF copy of the certification will be downloaded into the students’ account in PDF format, and a searchable record of the certification will be maintained on the Mile2 website for employer verification.

Certified Vulnerability Assessor Course:
The Certified Vulnerability Assessor course provides foundational knowledge of general vulnerability assessment tools and popular exploits with which an IT engineer should be familiar. This course is a fundamental cyber security certification course that focuses on vulnerability assessments.  The student will be versed with basic malware and viruses, and how they can infiltrate an organizations network. The student will also learn how to assess a company’s security posture and perform a basic vulnerability test to help secure the organization’s networking infrastructure.

Join us on Thursday, April 12 at 6:15 pm (EST) for our


Additional Information:

Michael I. Kaplan is a Mile2 Partner Development Manager, Mile2 Authorized Training Center, and certified Mile2 Cyber Security Instructor in Savannah, GA. He is also a consultant for Military and Veteran professional development programs that focus on transition and training for cyber security careers, and authored the Amazon Bestseller, “The Prior-Service Entrepreneur.” You are invited to connect with Michael via LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.

GotUrSix TV is the go-to digital platform for Patriotism, Capitalism, and Family. GotUrSix TV interviews Entrepreneurs, Influencers, Military Spouses, Executives, and Government Officials who share their inspirational personal journeys. GotUrSix TV’s host: Keith Trippie is the son of two USAF vets, and retired Homeland Security Senior Executive who joined in response to 9/11. He started GotUrSix TV with intentions to build a community to amplify the voice of those who have served, and their families.

Mile2 is a developer of proprietary vendor neutral cyber security certifications which are accredited by NSA’s CNSS 4011-4016. Mile2’s courses are approved on Homeland’s Security NICCS training schedule and is on the FBI’s preferred cyber security certification requirements.

Monday, January 1, 2018

84 Percent of U.S. Healthcare Providers Have No Cyber Security Leader

By Jeff Goldman, written December 28 for eSecurity Planet.
(Read the original article here.)

Eighty-four percent of U.S. healthcare providers don't have a cyber security officer, and only 11 percent plan to add one in 2018, according to a recent Black Book Research survey of 323 strategic decision makers at U.S. healthcare provider and payer organizations.

At healthcare payer organizations, the outlook is slightly better -- 31 percent have an established cyber security manager, and 44 percent plan to hire one in the coming year.

Just 15 percent of all responding organizations currently have a CISO in place.

"The critical role of medical facilities, combined with poor security practices and lack of resources, make them vulnerable to financially and politically motivated attacks," Black Book managing partner Doug Brown said in a statement.

Fifty-four percent of healthcare providers don't conduct regular risk assessments, and 39 percent don't carry out regular penetration testing. "These results may not be all that surprising, however, considering some of the new solution providers are offering passive monitoring for their networks and the upfront costs have been dramatically slashed," Brown noted.

At the same time, fully 92 percent of C-suite respondents said cyber security and the threat of a data breach still aren't major talking points with their boards of directors -- and 89 percent said IT funds budgeted for 2018 are focused primarily on business functions, with only a small fraction allocated to cyber security.

"Cyber security has to be a top-down strategic initiative, as it's far too difficult for IT security teams to achieve their goals without the board leading the charge," Brown said.

Smaller Targets

A separate survey of 1,300 U.S. physicians by Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA) found that 83 percent of respondents have experienced a cyber attack in their clinical practices.

Sixty-four percent of those who were attacked experienced up to four hours of downtime, and 29 percent of those in medium-sized practices experienced almost a full day of downtime.

Fifty-five percent of respondents said they're very or extremely concerned about future cyber attacks in their practice -- 74 percent said such attacks could interrupt their clinical practices, 74 percent said they could compromise the security of patient records, and 53 percent said they could impact patient safety.

"The important role of information sharing within clinical care makes healthcare a uniquely attractive target for cybercriminals through computer viruses and phishing scams that, if successful, can threaten care delivery and patient safety," AMA president David O. Barbe said in a statement.

"New research shows that most physicians think that securely exchanging electronic data is important to improve healthcare," Barbe added. "More support from the government, technology and medical sectors would help physicians with a proactive cybersecurity defense to better ensure the availability, [confidentiality] and integrity of healthcare data."

Two thirds of respondents believe greater access to patient data both inside and outside their health system would help them provide quality patient care more efficiently, though 83 percent said HIPAA compliance alone isn't sufficient to protect that data.

"Physician practices should not rely on compliance alone to enhance their security profile," Kaveh Safavi, head of Accenture's global health practice, said in a statement. "Keeping pace with the sophistication of cyber-attacks demands that physicians strengthen their capabilities, build resilience and invest in new technologies to support a foundation of digital trust with patients."

(Submitted by Michael I. Kaplan, CISSP)


Michael I. Kaplan is a Certified Healthcare Information Systems Security Practitioner in Savannah, Georgia.  Connect with Michael on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.