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Video Gallery: Tom Stafford and Josh Kinsler Recap Key Takeaways from HIMSS17

By Susan Biddle | April 18, 2017

Back in February, more than 40,000 healthcare IT professionals, vendors, clinicians, and executives from around the world gathered in Orlando for the 2017 HIMSS conference. Fortinet, as well as its employees and customers, were once again in attendance to learn about the current state of the healthcare industry.

We caught up with two Fortinet customers, Tom Stafford, Vice President & CIO of Halifax Health, and Josh Kinsler, Security Engineering Manager at Community Health Network, to hear what’s on the minds of today’s CIOs and other executives across organizations.

Tom Stafford discussed that he and his team at Halifax Health tirelessly work to safeguard patient data as healthcare becomes a more attractive industry for hackers to target in 2017 and beyond. Stafford explains in the video, “we have to safeguard patient information because we are stewards of it.”

As the head of IT, Stafford must also focus on his key objectives of customer service, maintaining operational stability, enhancing strategic and operational initiatives, and safeguarding EPHI.

Watch the video (below) to learn more about the challenges that Stafford and Halifax Health are facing and how they work with Fortinet’s CFO-friendly solutions to overcome cybersecurity obstacles. 


When we got a chance to speak with Josh Kinsler, he turned his focus to ransomware and its role in sculpting today’s network security solutions.

Watch this video to hear some of the tips Kinsler offers to today’s CIOs as the industry evolves and what security solutions need to be capable of to respond to ransomware threats. 


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