Healthcare, Cybersecurity Top CompTIA Agenda

More than 1,000 IT industry leaders left CompTIA Breakaway 2011 with a better understanding of issues like cybersecurity and healthcare IT after attending the inaugural CompTIA Tech Summit. Overall, the four-day conference offered attendees robust channel training, networking opportunities, community meetings and the debut of new technology solutions.

“Solution providers gleaned some of the best training in multiple verticals such as healthcare IT, security, cloud computing, unified communications, legal IT sales and government IT sales,” said Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA president and CEO. “Vendors and distributors also gained more than just visibility and networking with their partners, but their own educational sessions to help them better understand their partners and their own forums to learn more about each other’s businesses and CompTIA.”

The CompTIA Tech Summit portion of the event featured Carolyn M. Clancy, director of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), who delivered the keynote address on healthcare. She outlined the agency’s “National Quality Strategy” to guide national, state and local efforts, focusing on better care, healthy communities, and affordable care. The strategy’s priorities include reducing harm caused in the delivery of care, promoting effective communication and coordination of care, and making quality care more affordable by developing and spreading new healthcare delivery models.

“We want to make the right thing to do the easier thing to do,” Clancy said.

Also Thursday, cybersecurity experts shared a chilling scenario of the current threat level in the world of mobile devices and applications.

“Right now mobile security is a pretty dicey place,” said Andrew Hoog, chief investigative officer, viaForensics. “It’s too much for an IT department to take on, but it’s too big an issue to ignore. It’s a massive hole.”

Speakers noted that mobile devices typically combine both corporate and personal information, making them a much richer target for cyber criminals and hackers. Countering the threats will require a combined effort of education and robust counter measures by manufacturers of mobile devices, application developers, carriers and services providers and the individuals and organizations that rely on mobile technology solutions.

Next years CompTIA Breakaway event is scheduled for July 30-Aug. 2, in Las Vegas.

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