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March First Friday Private Duty Lunch Chat: Webinar
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March First Friday Private Duty Lunch Chat: Webinar

When: Friday, March 2, 2018
12:00 PM ET
Where: Webinar
Presenter: Ricky Smith, President, Innovative Business Technologies
Contact: Julia Heath
(850) 222-8967

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March First Friday PD Lunch Chats

Security and Data Loss Prevention: How To Prepare For Ransomware and Other Cyber Attacks

Friday, March 2, 2018 


It is the second year of our First Friday Lunch Chats!   Join HCAF’s Private Duty Director, Kristen Wheeler on the first Friday of each month for an informal and informative chat covering hot topics affecting the private duty industry.  As part of your membership benefits, these monthly chats are offered FREE to our Private Duty members. Certified and Associate members are welcome to join us for just $10 each and Potential members may register for just $25.


Cybercrime is one of the top economic crimes in the world, with cost estimates soon to reach into the trillions. Not only have victim demographics expanded from the large well-known organizations to the small and mid-sized, healthcare providers are now a consistent target. The recent ransomware attacks, and threats of more to come, have raised questions regarding security and available protection mechanisms.  This presentation will review the critical areas of concern within your environment, provide insight, and offer tools to defend against these attacks. It will also focus on recovery and the importance of preparing for data loss.


  • Types of security attacks
  • Symptoms of an attack
  • Common methods used to infiltrate networks
  • Importance of a security-minded network design
  • Methods to control data flow to reduce riskes
  • Vulnerable areas and how those risks relate to your environment
  • Malware protection mechanisms and deployment
  • Monitoring, alerting, and prevention methods
  • Impact of data loss and ways to mitigate the risk
  • Data restoration methods and the importance of a working data-protection policy

 Take-Away Toolkit:

  • List of trusted online analysis tools
  • Reference websites
  • General security assessment checklist

Meet the Presenter:

Ricky Smith is the President of Innovative Business Technologies.  Early on as a systems engineer, Ricky realized that other industries were more technically advanced than healthcare. Finding it ironic that those who provide patient care often struggle the most technically, he became passionate about the industry and how IT can serve.  As EMR systems have gained greater prominence, he's enjoyed focusing on data security, business continuity, compliance and care giver efficiencies.  Ricky presents at various user conferences, sharing his experiences in order to bridge the gap between IT and the patient care staff.

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