Rob Cheng Discusses Cybersecurity Careers and More

Creating Curriculum for HGTC

Rob Cheng, PC Matic’s enigmatic CEO, sat down again with Liz Calloway today. First, they discussed the Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s new cyber certification program. Rob is particularly excited about the jump into healthcare IT focused cybersecurity. It’s long overdue.

Healthcare is one of the most vulnerable cybersecurity landscapes. As we know, breaches in healthcare IT systems can negatively affect patients’ lives. Therefore, delving further into this particular IT niche has the potential to save lives.

This Week’s Cyberattacks

Next, Liz and Rob covered the slew of cyberattacks that happened on major companies this week. There seemed to be more than normal; notably Molson Coors Beverage Co, Acer, and CNA Financial. However, let’s focus on that last one.

CNA Financial is the largest ransomware insurance agency in the country, and they just got hit with ransomware. As a result, the attackers now have the names of the companies insured and how much they’re insured for. It’s assumed these companies are now targets.

Cybersecurity and the Government

Liz asked Rob if she felt the US Government was prepared for an attack. Being familiar with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Rob said that agency is aware. On the other hand, he wasn’t sure what preventative measurers are in place.

Unfortunately, there’s no mandate to report breaches. As the fallout from the SolarWinds hack continues, we see an increase in other attacks. There is a bill in congress, however, that would require anyone successfully attacked to report it. It has yet to pass through.

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“There’s a lot more to be learned here,” Rob explained. Effective ransomware protection is proactive rather than reactive. Additionally, it takes increased awareness of the challenges facing IT professionals today.

“So what is the answer?,” Liz asks. “Prevention,” responded Rob.

To listen to the entire episode and learn more, check out the entire segment below.

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2 thoughts on “Rob Cheng Discusses Cybersecurity Careers and More

  1. I listened to Rob Cheng on Liz Calloway radio show. I have been pursuing a career in the Health care Coding and billing. Now that they are involved in certification and HIPAA,going to AAPC and AMIHA that would be a great place to push for governmental reform on cyber breaches forced to publicly inform consumers. Of course it is a shame to tell your consumers hey we just told some hackers your credit card information.I am sure that is not the best news.But the coding and billing in healthcare would be a good platform for getting the word out. Don’t you think?

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