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ComSec LLC Appoints Keesling Director of New Healthcare Cyber Defense Initiative

Healthcare is entering a fight against an opponent that is already armed with advanced tools and techniques that have been field tested against the global financial giants for years

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Healthcare data breaches are rapidly outpacing those of the financial services industry
  • Low cybersecurity preparedness in the Healthcare Industry creates challenges for Asymmetric warfare planning
  • ComSec Healthcare Assurance Options provides a preemptive counterespionage compliance plan for C-suite execs

ComSec LLC's President, J.D. LeaSure announced the appointment of healthcare industry veteran Tom Keesling to lead their newly established Healthcare Cyber Defense initiatives from its world headquarters in Virginia Beach, today.

After years of experience and specialization in the global counterespionage industry, LeaSure was alarmed at the rapid growth of data breaches in the US healthcare industry.  In fact, data breaches in the healthcare industry outpaced those experienced by the financial services industry by more than 300% in 2012.  According to the US Department of Health and Human Service, 21.4 million individuals have been compromised by breaches reported to the Office of Civil Rights since 2009, and this number is growing rapidly.

Department of Defense Secretary Panetta warns Congress of a "Cyber Pearl Harbor"

ComSec Healthcare was launched to provide customized cyber defense capabilities for the pharmaceutical, biotech, hospital, healthcare plan and medical device manufacturing industries.  Like all businesses, healthcare depends on a safe, secure, and resilient global digital infrastructure and requires a preemptive plan to identify cyber and technical security weaknesses that make it vulnerable to a technical security penetration of a facility. But the cyber risks are not limited to business espionage and criminal threats. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned continuously since taking office of a "cyber Pearl Harbor" in testimony before Congress. 

IP Theft, Industrial Espionage and Extortion in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Markets Result in Substantial Financial Loss

While difficult to get actual numbers from the US,  UK information intelligence expert BAE Systems Detica, indicate that cybercrime is costing the UK economy as much as £27 billion annually.

The hardest hit companies include those in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. According to the report, £9.2 billion has been lost through intellectual property (IP) theft, £7.6 billion to industrial espionage and £2.2 billion from extortion.

Cyberterrorism Threats:  Is the US Healthcare System Safe?

Department of Defense and military cyber security organizations, such as the Center for Asymmetric Warfare, are beginning to express concern that the ease with which a hospital's internet security can be breached will create an inviting 'soft target' for cyberterrorists.  Nearly every domestic emergency scenario requires the seamless response of the local hospital, and the myriad number of organizations that swirl around it.  A hospital whose response during a time of crisis is compromised by crippled communications, non-functioning medical equipment or disabled HVAC systems would create an unforeseen chaos...which is the desired outcome of an asymmetric cyber attack. 

The ComSec Healthcare "Assurance Option Plan" for the C-suite Executive and Corporate Legal Counsel

Complementing the existing suite of Cyber TSCM Counterespionage services, the ComSec Healthcare Assurance Option provides corporate counsels and chief executives with a complete preemptive Cyber Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (Cyber TSCM) compliance audit program.  

ComSec Healthcare's goal is to equip corporate counsels and chief executives with the knowledge and tools required to institute counterespionage compliance plan to preempt potential internal and external illegal eavesdropping and technical security threats. The plan provides a comprehensive evaluation of business practices resulting in corporate espionage vulnerabilities and identifies a strategy to preempt future illegal eavesdropping attempts. The plan also educates and equips C-suite executives with valuable information on emerging corporate threats and new spying devices, as well as existing and evolving eavesdropping techniques. Ultimately, the plan equips corporate counsels and chief executives with the knowledge and information needed to protect their valuable corporate proprietary, competition sensitive and trade secret information,  

About ComSec LLC

ComSec, LLC, provides professional Cyber Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (Cyber TSCM) services to The Fortune 500, businesses, corporations, non-profit organizations, high net worth individuals and executives. With over 25 years of experience, we offer world-class counterespionage advisory services to customers in the United States, as well as global customers abroad. 

Visit ComSec LLC on the web at www.comsecllc.com/healthcare

Contact Information

Name: Tom Keesling, Director
Division: ComSec LLC Healthcare
Direct: +1 919 345 2758
Email: [email protected]

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