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To determine the prognosis for healthcare organizations’ ability to reduce cyber attacks, Ponemon Institute conducted The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare Organizations in 20181, sponsored by Merlin. We surveyed 627 IT and IT security practitioners in a variety of healthcare organizations that are subject to HIPAA. According to the research, spending on IT increased from an average of $23 million in 2016 to $30 million annually and the average number of cyber attacks each year increased from 11 to 16 ... LEARN MORE
A handful of years ago, the term “cloud computing” was almost as nebulous as the fluffy white things in the sky. Today it’s taken government information technology departments by storm, enabling agencies at the federal, state and local levels to accomplish goals much faster and cheaper than they could have imagined ... LEARN MORE
INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE: How one government agency is securing their converged environment and achieving FedRAMP readiness ... LEARN MORE
INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: The Sweet Spot of Continuous Monitoring - An interview with Mark Zalubas, Vice President of Engineering for Merlin International ... LEARN MORE
INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Enhancing Security While Achieving Unparalleled Application Performance - An interview with Peter Graupp, Solutions Engineering Manager at Riverbed, and Ken Bradley, Senior Solutions Engineer at Merlin International ... LEARN MORE
By implementing UCF, an agency CISO can pull data together for a universal picture of his agency’s security posture. He can query on virtually any exchange by two or more individuals during a given timeframe ... LEARN MORE
With the proliferation of cloud services and the ever-widening variety of capabilities that have become available, understanding, managing and integrating Cloud-based services into an existing IT infrastructure has become a complex task. Together, Merlin International and NetApp have partnered to provide Federal agencies with Cloud-based solutions that are tailored to their specific agency goals and are optimized to provide services efficiently and seamlessly ... LEARN MORE
By fulfilling a growing need to provide open access to information resources, federal government agencies have reached a key juncture in cybersecurity. Agency IT systems are increasingly sophisticated, with more traffic and types of activity affecting their networks than ever before. While much of this activity may be routine or innocuous, its exponentially rising volume complicates compliance efforts, which are already under pressure from sophisticated cyber attacks. To combat these continuous and complex threats, organizations need efficient solutions that address the new risk environment and compliance frameworks ... LEARN MORE
PRESS RELEASES
VIENNA, Va. – June 6, 2016--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merlin International, a leading cybersecurity solutions provider for government and commercial clients, announced today that they have promoted Brian Wells to Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Brian previously served the company as Director of Healthcare Strategy, executing the expansion of the company’s federally focused solution portfolio into the commercial space. In addition to continuing to lead the company’s healthcare strategy, in this new role Brian will be instrumental in acting as a liaison between sales and engineering to ensure that development efforts are aligned with market demand... LEARN MORE
NEWTON, MA and VIENNA, VA – January 17, 2018. – Centerity, the leading provider of advanced performance analytics and business services management (BSM) for complex technology environments (IT & IoT), today announced it has received $10 million in funding from Merlin International ... LEARN MORE
VIENNA, Va. - December 18, 2017. Merlin International, a leading cybersecurity solutions provider, today announced that Tejinder Luthra has joined the company as Vice President of Engineering. Tejinder brings over twenty-two years of IT experience ... LEARN MORE
VIENNA, Va. - December 11, 2017. Merlin International, a leading cybersecurity solutions provider, today announced that it has finalized an agreement to divest its professional services business to Xator Corporation as part of a strategic initiative to focus exclusively on cyber solutions and technology development ... LEARN MORE
VIENNA, Va. – October 31, 2017.  Merlin International, a leading cybersecurity and IT solutions provider, today announced that the company has been awarded contracts in excess of $80 million in the third quarter of 2017, critical to bolstering the cybersecurity posture of government healthcare ... LEARN MORE
VIENNA, Va. – June 27, 2017, Merlin International, a leading cybersecurity and IT solutions provider, today announced that Brian Wells has joined the company as Director of Healthcare Strategy. Brian brings over 35 years of leadership experience in the hospital, physician, academic medical center and payer information systems areas ... LEARN MORE
VIENNA, Va. – June 19, 2017. Merlin International, a leading cybersecurity and IT solutions provider, today announced that Julie Xiang has joined the company as Vice President of Sales. Julie brings over 16 years of information technology sales and sales management experience invigorating sales teams, implementing accountability, promoting collaboration and consistently growing revenue year over year ... LEARN MORE
VIENNA, Va., June 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/. Today Merlin International announced that John Hays would be joining the company as Director of Federal Healthcare Solutions. Hays brings over 25 years of management and technology experience to Merlin International with core competencies in business development, program execution, systems integration & synthesis, and systems engineering ... LEARN MORE
VIENNA, Va. – May 23, 2017. Merlin International, a leading cybersecurity and IT solutions provider to the federal government, today announced that Mark Zalubas has been promoted to the position of Chief Technology Officer ... LEARN MORE
VIENNA, Va. – October 3, 2016.  Today, NetApp, a leading provider of NetApp's E-Series on StorageGRID solution awarded Merlin International as the North American NetApp eSeries Big Data Partner of the Year at the company’s Annual North American Technical Summit in Las Vegas, NV ... LEARN MORE
VIENNA, Va. – September 26, 2016. Merlin International, a leading cybersecurity and IT solutions provider to the federal government, today announced that they have earned Small and Mid-size Business Specialization from Cisco, USA ... LEARN MORE
VIENNA, Va. – June 6, 2016.  Merlin International, a leading cybersecurity and IT solutions provider to the federal government, today ... LEARN MORE
VIENNA, Va. - January 18, 2016. Merlin International, a leading cyber security and IT solutions provider to the federal government, announced that ... LEARN MORE
NEWS
CIOs are acutely aware of the security complications medical devices and telehealth bring. Last month, LexisNexis brought together 30 high-level executives, most of whom were CIOs from hospitals, nursing homes and health plans of all sizes from across the county to find out what data-related issues are weighing on them most as we get further into 2018. Ed Domansky, LexisNexis manager of media and analyst relations, and Erin Benson, Director of market planning, said six major themes emerged from their responses ...LEARN MORE
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services needs to improve its oversight of security controls for Medicare beneficiary data used by research organizations and qualified entities, according to an audit by the Government Accountability Office. While CMS has developed guidance for Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC), GAO says the agency has not developed similar guidance for research organizations such as colleges, universities and non-profit institutes, which is putting Medicare beneficiary data at risk ...LEARN MORE
The Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged the presence of what appear to be unauthorized mobile surveillance devices in the Washington, D.C. area and elsewhere in the United States that could be exploited by foreign spies to track and intercept phone calls. The devices, often referred to as Stingrays after a popular model made by Harris Corp., imitate a cell tower to capture caller location and other associated data. While they have been used by U.S. law enforcement for years, their use for foreign espionage in the U.S. has been a source of speculation ...LEARN MORE
Our nation’s first responders face harrowing emergencies while saving lives and protecting our communities. While the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) creates innovative technologies that support their mission, we recognize that stand-alone devices may not be useful if they don’t work with existing systems, so we’re helping responders get integrated cutting-edge solutions that can increase their safety and effectiveness ...LEARN MORE
Healthcare organizations should be prepared to see applications for blockchain and more uses for AI in 2018. Analytics provided by EHR vendors will also emerge ...LEARN MORE
The growing number and sophistication of cyberattacks prompts organizations to increase their healthcare network security. Last year, healthcare network data breaches hit an all-time high as cyberattackers targeted patient records. Entities need to gain more visibility and control over their networks and protect patient data by upgrading healthcare network security. The healthcare industry was the target of over 23 percent of all data breaches in 2017 ...LEARN MORE
Merlin International continues to build its cyber capabilities but this time it is not with an acquisition. Nor a new hire or contract win. Instead, the company has made a $10 million investment into another company to help it continue cyber-related research and development work. Vienna, Va.-based Merlin has invested in Centerity Systems, an Israel-based company that provides advanced performance analytics and business services management for IT and Internet of Things environments ...LEARN MORE
Two closely watched cyber startups in Greater Washington have hit key development milestones in recent days while a third IT company landed $80 million in third-quarter contracts and task orders to help government health care agencies beat back new threats to network encryption ...LEARN MORE
If the NotPetya virus taught health care organizations anything, it was that having a backup plan in place should be a top priority. Health care organizations across the country watched as the NotPetya virus crippled Nuance customers this summer, creating havoc within many HIM departments... LEARN MORE
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – As home health care organizations increasingly become aware of their vulnerability to cybersecurity risks, Brian Wells, director of health care strategy at Merlin International, offered his expert opinion on the unique challenges faced by the health care space...LEARN MORE
Leaders from the technology industry are optimistic about the status of Federal IT after the release of the White House’s IT Modernization report...LEARN MORE
Former Federal CIO Tony Scott has a new home after leaving the public sector in January. Scott will be heading to law firm Squire Patton Boggs, where he will serve as senior data privacy and cybersecurity advisor...LEARN MORE
The number of smartphone connections is expected to reach six billion by 2020, accounting for two-thirds of the nine billion global mobile connections by that time, according to a report from GSMA...LEARN MORE
Sarah Weldon, Azure program manager at Microsoft, said in a blog post published Tuesday that the Network Performance Monitor system helps users observe the connectivity between cloud deployments, data centers, multi-tier applications, user locations and web-based applications...LEARN MORE
Included in the ransacked databases was three years of research data on leukemia patients...LEARN MORE
The federal government is looking to modernize and secure IT systems by tapping into shared services and consolidating the use of networks, according to an IT modernization plan released last week by the American Technology Council (ATC). The report calls on federal agencies to ...LEARN MORE
Research published by SecurityScorecard found that though Federal and state governments have improved their cybersecurity since the rating system’s last report, they still fall behind the rankings of most industries in the U.S...LEARN MORE
Ted Diacoumis, formerly vice president of application services at AECOM (NYSE: ACM), has joined information technology provider Merlin International as its new vice president of federal civilian programs...LEARN MORE
A new bill has been introduced in Congress that aims to ensure the confidential medical information of patients on medical devices is protected and security is improved to make the devices more resilient to hacks ...LEARN MORE
Next wave of attacks will likely target Internet of Things and medical devices, which remain tempting targets for their lack of sufficient protections, experts say ...LEARN MORE
Gartner's latest backup and disaster recovery magic quadrant highlights the evolution of the solutions as they adapt the HIT infrastructure advancements ...LEARN MORE
Michael Millenson explains why “collaborative health” is a better frame than “patient-centered care” ...LEARN MORE
Protenus, in conjunction with Databreaches.net, has produced its Breach Barometer mid-year review. The report covers all healthcare data breaches reported over the past 6 months and provides valuable insights into 2017 data breach trends ...LEARN MORE
Recent studies indicate that there is not necessarily a solid trend in whether healthcare cybersecurity budgets are increasing as needed to meet evolving threats ...LEARN MORE
The Food and Drug Administration is taking major steps to foster digital health innovation, including issuing guidance to provide clarity around the medical software provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act and streamlining the regulatory agency’s software review process ...LEARN MORE
A recent MGMA poll found that half of healthcare organizations utilize a combination of in-house and outsourced healthcare cybersecurity needs ...LEARN MORE
A cybersecurity task force report released Friday revealed a laundry list of vulnerabilities including the lack of capable security workforce ...LEARN MORE
Many agencies are considering moving to the cloud. This transition is more than a “lift and shift” to one of the major cloud offerings. Merlin International and NetApp have combined to help you take advantage of the hybrid cloud...LEARN MORE
Brian Wells served in a plethora of positions at Penn Medicine. He joined in 2007 as chief technology officer, then became...LEARN MORE
The Third Annual FedHealthIT Innovation Awards will bring together more than 250 Federal Health leaders from government and industry as we recognize 25 of the top Federal Health programs and teams being the innovative efforts at Veterans Affairs ...LEARN MORE
Over the years I've heard a lot of folk debate the merits of strategic versus tactical approaches to success in the federal health care market ...LEARN MORE
by Thomas M. Dowde, Kirke E. Everson, and Jeffrey C. Steinhoff ...LEARN MORE
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department — which oversees the Obamacare law — released a new tool Tuesday to help states seek waivers from certain Obamacare rules, as the department continued the Trump administration's push to undercut the Affordable Care Act ...LEARN MORE
Linda Dearman at her home in Bartlett, Ill. She and her husband supported last week’s vote by the House to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “We are so glad to feel represented for a change,” she said ...LEARN MORE
The current debate on health care has been framed largely in terms of policy, with disagreements focusing mostly on whether the details of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) or the details of the American Health Care Act (the bill that was recently passed by Republicans in the House of Representatives) are bad or good ...LEARN MORE
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