Is there a key to security in the cloud?

Over 30,000 healthcare providers will gather at the HIMSS 2015 event in Chicago over the next few days.   They will be scouring over the hundreds of products and solutions all promising to deliver some tangible benefit to the provider, patient or organization.  How many companies will be championing the Big Three; workflow, security and compliance? When the federal government decided to mandate the use of electronic health records, they created an entire ecosystem of EMR / EHR service providers.  There’s …

Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Cloud

Since the introduction of smartphones with advanced capabilities, a debate has raged over whether to trap information, including biometrics, on the device or make it available everywhere you are, by placing it in the cloud.  Having lost a cell phone during a business trip in Chicago, I’m not certain that I ever truly embraced the on-device only mantra.  Still, the early influencers and industry leaders such as Apple and Samsung, along with security alliance organizations such as FIDO all proclaimed …

The future of retail payments and biometrics…

“That will be two bits, sir.”  Remember the old movies where the newspaper salesman would say that to a customer fishing in his pockets for a quarter?  As for me, I’ve never liked the way loose coins jingle in my pocket as I walk.  It just seems so silly to carry quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies, given the value they represent is so nominal.  But the annoyance pays off when I happen upon a bell-ringing Santa and his donation bucket.  It feels …

Privacy versus Anonymity – The Price you Pay

Protecting one’s privacy is a concern for everyone.  Yet in today’s environment of mobile devices and 24/7 electronic communication it’s virtually impossible to not feel exposed and somewhat vulnerable to the potential of someone or something compromising your privacy. There was a record 13.1 Million victims of identity theft in 2013 (Up 26.1% from 2012). That’s a new victim every two seconds. Our society requires that we share our personal information with others and we do so every time we …