Anatonme – a hand held device for improving patient-doctor communications

From a recent article in Healthcare Global. Studies suggest that 30-50 percent of patients are likely to give up treatments early.  Microsoft Research has developed an innovative, hand-held medical device called Anatonme to help patients understand their issue and complete their treatment plan more often. We’ve been doing research and development into private, controlled social […]

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Problems in current Electronic Health Record systems

Software Associates specializes in helping medical device and healthcare technology vendors achieve HIPAA compliance and improve the data and software security of their products in hospital and mobile environments. As I noted here and here, the security and compliance industry is no different from other industries in having fashion and trends.  Two years ago, PHR (Personal […]

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Manuela Arcuri

Monica Belluci and Security

Trends –  security and movie stars, Manuela Arcuri and  Monica Bellucci, Verisign and Mcafee. Information security and  risk analysis is complex stuff, with multiple dimensions  of people, software, performance, management, technology, assets, threats, vulnerabilities and control relationships.  This is why it’s hard to sell security to organizations. But, information security is also a lot like fashion with cyclical […]

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Assess your software security

Customized to your needs Software Associates provides professional software security assessment services for medical device and healthcare technology firms. We work with the C-level executives of our clients to deliver quantitative risk analysis that fits the particular product, technology, operational and HIPAA compliance requirements of the business. Our clients enjoy the benefits of our rigorous […]

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Why less log data is better

Been a couple weeks since I blogged – have my head down on a few medical device projects and a big PCI DSS audit where I’m helping the client improve his IT infrastructure and balance the demands of the PCI auditors. Last year I gave a talk on quantitative methods for estimating operational risk of […]

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Taking security on the offensive

I believe many people involved with IT security have a feeling of frustration that stems from continously reacting to external forces: spam attacks, spyware attacks, insider threats, analyst reports and new product announcements. Is it possible to be an information security officer and mitigate threats to confidentiality, availability and integrity of data in a proactive […]

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The 7 deadly sins of software security

Companies spend millions on compliance, but proprietary assets are still getting ripped off by insiders and hackers who compromise buggy, poor-designed applications. Here are 7 software development mistakes you don’t want to make in 2011. 7. Don’t KISS If my experience is any indication – the software industry as a whole is wasting hundreds of millions […]

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Is social media crap for business?

A recent post by Kevin Conway on LinkedIn drew over 500 responses to his somewhat dramatic statement that Social Media for Business is CRAP – Maybe because my feeling for the hyped-up benefits of social media was recently confirmed by a top millionaire online guru. If you follow the most successful gurus his name is […]

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Drug counterfeiting, hype or health?

Counterfeiting is a hot issue not only because it hits vendors in the pocket but because of the public health/safety implications. Product counterfeiting ranges from fashion, such as Dolce & Gabbana handbags,  high performance bike frames such as Specialized Bikes to faking innovative drugs such as Viagra. The Israeli onlline business daily “The Marker” recently […]

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The death of age in market segmentation

I first got wind that age as a marketing segmentation parameter was becoming much less relevant about 3 years ago when I paid a sales call to Castro Model ( a big Israeli fashion house with a chain of retail stores)  to try and sell them a data loss prevention solution from Fidelis Security Systems.  […]

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