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Security and privacy by design

A proactive approach to cybersecurity

What role does privacy play in cybersecurity? Jacki Monson, chief privacy and information security officer at Sutter Health, explores the benefits of adjoining these traditionally siloed functions and how they’re taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity through security and privacy by design.

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The role of privacy in cybersecurity

Privacy and cybersecurity go hand in hand—organizations can’t protect privacy without controls in place to secure their data. And, particularly in health care, these together can have a major impact on the trust and safety of consumers. How can organizations take a holistic approach to manage privacy and security?

In this episode of the Resilient podcast, Jacki Monson explores the elements of a successful security program and the progressive strategy her organization is using to tackle today’s cyber landscape. For Jacki, cybersecurity is not just about securing organizational perimeters, but also about protecting patient privacy and helping them along their health care journey.

When it comes to staying ahead of threats, Jacki stresses the importance of investing in proactive measures to reduce the time spent responding to incidents. A key component of success, she feels, is ensuring systems are not retrofitted with security, but designed with security in mind from the start. She also shares how deploying advanced techniques such as threat hunting and artificial intelligence can help evaluate both insider threats and external entry points.

Despite growing up in the industry, Jacki did not follow in the footsteps of her health care administrator mother. Initially exploring law, a role in corporate compliance uncovered Jacki’s passion for privacy and security, and ultimately led her back to her roots in health care as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted.

As a leader in cyber, Jacki feels resilience is key—something she learned early on in law school. Despite the challenges health care regulations can present, Jacki encourages and rewards creativity within her teams, striving to create a safe environment where team members feel supported to bring new ideas to the table.

I have passion. When I wake up in the morning, I think about our patients and what I can do to help them. And when I go to bed at night, I think of the same thing. That's really what drives me [and] why I stay in health care...every day I'm impacting a patient. My team is impacting a patient and we're helping them on their journey.

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