Ransomware Predictions and Prevention – A Tweetchat

Ransomware is on the rise and reports predict that healthcare will see more cyber and ransomware attacks in 2017 than in years past. With that in mind, what can healthcare systems do to avoid becoming victims of these attacks? Join us Friday, 3/10 at 1pm ET for our Ransomware Predictions and Prevention tweetchat featuring Matt Fisher (@Matt_R_Fisher) and Erik Azar (@eazar), where we’ll talk about how ransomware affects healthcare now, how to prevent a #ransomware attack, and what the future of #cybersecurity might hold for #healthcare.

Our tweetchat will be held in T1:A1 format with the following topics:

T1: What is the number one concern for #healthcare orgs regarding #ransomware? #AskAvaility

T2: What’s the first step in preventing a #ransomware attack? #AskAvaility

T3: How do you think the increasing amount of #ransomware attacks will affect #healthcare security in the future? #AskAvailityT4: What impact will ransomware have on healthcare #IoT devices? #AskAvaility

T5: What’s the next big thing in #ransomware/#cyberattack prevention? #AskAvaility

T6: Are you more concerned about #ransomware as a #patient or as a health professional? Why? #AskAvaility

Bring any questions, comments, or ideas to the chat and be sure to tag #AskAvaility. You can also tweet your thoughts to the hosts at @Matt_R_Fisher, @eazar, and @Availity.

We’ll see you in the Twittersphere!

About the Hosts

Matt Fisher

Matt Fisher is the chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick O’Connell, a law firm based in Worcester, MA. Matt focuses his practice on health law and all areas of corporate transactions. Matt’s health law practice includes advising clients on complying with requirements of HIPAA, the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and other federal and state regulations in the context of daily operations, contractual arrangements, and relationships. He is chair of the American Bar Association Health Law Section’s Business & Transactions Interest Group. Email: mfisher@mirickoconnell.com Twitter: @matt_r_fisher

Erik Azar

Erik Azar is a computer scientist with over 20 years of experience architecting and developing software in the areas of security, network engineering, system administration, and enterprise applications. He’s a Sr. Application Security Architect in Availity’s Information Security team where he works with development teams and DevOps to ensure secure programming patterns are part of their SDLC. He is the author of the recently published book titled “Swift Data Structures and Algorithms” for Apple’s new Swift programming language. In his spare time, Erik enjoys spending time with his family and mentoring students in STEM coursework focusing on robotics and IoT architectures. Tweet to him at @eazar

About the Moderator


Availity integrates and manages clinical, administrative, and financial data to fuel real-time coordination between providers, health plans, and patients in a growing value-based care environment. Facilitating over 7 million transactions daily, Availity’s ability to provide accurate, timely, and relevant information is vital to the financial success of its customers. You can find more information on Availity at www.availity.com or on Twitter @Availity.