Conversation with Dr. Ruchi Dass on mHealth, Part 1

As the Mobile Health Expo 2010 gets underway next month, we’ll feature experts on the topic of mobile health. This week, VPN Haus interviews Dr. Ruchi Dass, mHealth champion and council member for the Gerson Lehrman Group, in a three-part series on mobile health. Dass has been involved in specific healthcare IT, e-learning and ICT projects for the public/private sector in India. VPN Haus: What are the major trends you’re noticing in healthcare mobility? Dr. Ruchi Dass: In a country like India where the doctor to patient ratio is 1:900, doctors are a few and work is 24/7. Patients demand low costs, and timely and quality healthcare coverage. For healthcare enterprises, patient data is critical to collect and manage. Hence [mobile] health is primarily aimed at bridging the economic divide in terms of healthcare. Mobility is the key here- many healthcare enterprises which are spread over 10-20 establishments in India are now using VPNs as the enabling technology which allows doctors to use standard public Internet ISPs and high-speed lines to access closed private networks. A simple use case for this is to access virtual patient health records and there are other wireless technologies designed specifically for use in the provision of healthcare, like: Standard mobile enterprise services used by health-care workers, such as remote access to e-mail and health-information systems; Mobile applications to meet a specific need of medical workers, such as mobile prescriptions and remote diagnoses; Applications that play a direct role in the provision of care, such as mobile data collection and wireless transmission of health data; and Consumer-targeted applications to encourage health and help prevent...

What We're Reading, Week of 9/20

CrunchGear, Back To School: Trying Our Best To Stay Safe Online In 2010 CSO, Are You Too Perfect To Be An Effective Security Manager? Download Squad, Google To Make Apps Accounts More Secure With Two-Factor Authentication SearchSecurity, Jaquith on Forrester’s Endpoint Security Management Zero Trust Model Security Management, Network Security’s Achilles Heel: End-User...

What We’re Reading, Week of 9/20

CrunchGear, Back To School: Trying Our Best To Stay Safe Online In 2010 CSO, Are You Too Perfect To Be An Effective Security Manager? Download Squad, Google To Make Apps Accounts More Secure With Two-Factor Authentication SearchSecurity, Jaquith on Forrester’s Endpoint Security Management Zero Trust Model Security Management, Network Security’s Achilles Heel: End-User...

Conversation with Jennifer Jabbusch on NAC, Part 2

We continue our conversation with Jennifer Jabbusch, a network security engineer and founder of the blog Security UnCorked who recently tweeted a thought-provoking comment, “NAC is a philosophy, not a technology.” VPN Haus: What do you think caused NAC’s dismal market performance and why do you think it’s changing? Jabbusch: The birth of “Franken-NACs.” I say this all the time. The industry created the confusion and the vendors have perpetuated it by creating homegrown products and labeling them ‘NAC’ so they can play in the market. Look at the NAC vendors – we have everything from switch manufacturers (such as Cisco, Juniper, HP, Enterasys) to software and application vendors (such as Symantec, McAfee). Very few vendors started off with a dedicated NAC solution (Bradford is one of those). In what other world does an antivirus vendor and a router manufacturer have the same product? None. It’s ludicrous. Everyone saw a market opportunity and took whatever product they had and turned it into a NAC. Well, they turned it into something they *call* NAC. Each vendor approaches NAC from a completely different angle, with a similar set of marketed features and completely diverse ways of accomplishing them. The market confused the public and the public threw their hands in the air and said “I give up.” The failed implementations have killed the market growth. VPN Haus: How are vendors getting better at embracing NAC, rather than stirring up more confusion? Jabbusch: Standards! Standards and common frameworks will be the saving grace of NAC, and vendors that embrace these standards are the ones bringing NAC out of that dismal market performance....

What We're Reading, Week of 9/13

Computerworld, Security Experts Warn of Hot-Spot Dangers The Chief Engineer, Addressing WiFi Issues eSecurityPlanet.com, CCNY Students Feel Sting of Data Security Mishap SmallBusinessComputing.com, Keep Your Small Business Mobile, Connected and Secure Computerworld UK, Oxford University Revamps Remote Access With Tokens Dark Reading, Firewalls Top Purchase Priority In 2010, Survey...