Information Assurance: Michigan Medicine announces launch of Michigan Healthcare Security Operations Center

10/01/2018
Seven people stand in front of a glass building. They standing close together and smiling while holding a giant pair of scissors moments before cutting a blue ribbon.

Information Assurance: Michigan Medicine is proud to be among the first in the nation working with four other healthcare organizations to continuously monitor and improve cybersecurity. 

The MI-HSOC is a group of highly-skilled teams that leverage shared technologies, process, and skills to prevent, detect, analyze, and respond to cybersecurity events. The new shared environment, located in Plymouth Mich., brings together the information security organizations of Beaumont Health, Munson Healthcare, Michigan Hospital Association, and Michigan Medicine.

“We are truly excited about this partnership, as this new facility represents a unique method of cooperation that has never been seen in Michigan,” said Michigan Medicine’s Chief Information Security Officer, Jack Kufahl. Operating as a shared workplace for cybersecurity teams across three major health care organizations, “This will allow all partnering organizations to share best practices and resources more effectively. In turn, providing ample benefits to students, employees, physicians and patients when it comes to increased levels of protection.”

The MI-HSOC is responsible for a variety of security-related activities, including:

  • Respond and triage security issues
  • Incident Investigation and Resolution
  • Event Aggregation, Analysis, and Reporting
  • Ongoing Security Incident Simulation and Training
  • Investigates notable security events to protect Michigan Medicine

The value of the MI-HSOC is many-fold:

  • Provides continuous monitoring of data, systems, and identities for anomalous activity
  • Allows for real-time collaboration during a cyberattack
  • Increases communication and knowledge sharing
  • Develops healthcare-specific information security capabilities
  • Promotes transparency and awareness among participating entities
  • Fosters professional growth of information security talent within Michigan

Additional information is available through the Chief Information Security Officer for Michigan Medicine, Jack Kufahl jkufahl@med.umich.edu.

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