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Hacker calls health security ‘Wild West’

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Kevin Johnson is a professional hacker — albeit a self-described ethical one. As head of the security consulting firm Secure Ideas, his job involves probing into organizations’ networks and applications to identify vulnerabilities. And what he sees in healthcare terrifies him.

Johnson, who will moderate a panel -– “Frontline Perspective: Combating Cyber Crime in Healthcare” – at the HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News Privacy and Security Forum June 16-17 in San Diego, has conducted tests for health insurance companies, hospitals and medical app companies. For the majority of them, he said, “security sucks.”

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