“When it comes to cyber security, we’re not competitors.”

copley_senateDoug Copley, Beaumont’s Director of IT Security, recently testified before the Michigan Senate Energy and Technology Committee regarding cyber security issues in health care. He was one of about six people testifying that represented different public sector industries.

During his testimony, Doug, who is also chair of the Michigan Healthcare Cyber Security Council, recommended a health care information sharing center to protect against cyber attacks. Sen. Mike Nofs (R-Battle Creek) responded with interest at looking for a funding source.

“We don’t have the funding to do some of these activities ourselves, and so we want a common capability that we can all leverage,” he said. “When it comes to cyber security, we’re not competitors.”

According to David Miller, chief security officer for information technology company Covisint, there were 132 million unsuccessful hack attacks in the first half of 2013 and billions of phishing attacks.

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