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Webinar: Modern Authentication in Healthcare

June 14, 2017 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm EDT

While risk mitigation for cybersecurity in healthcare has improved over the last few years, there is still a long way to go. After the recent impact of the Wanna Cry ransomware attacks on the United Kingdom’s National Health Service,  US Congressional leaders are calling for hearings on the capabilities of the US healthcare system to withstand cyber attacks. At the same time, consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the security of their personal medical information yet pushing for better user experiences with their insurance companies and medical providers. This all means increased risk and costs for healthcare companies.

Meanwhile, the nature of authentication is changing. Traditional binary authentication (username & password) presents a number of security risks and usability impacts. But, what are the alternative? During this session, you will hear from FIDO Alliance member and healthcare leader, Aetna on how they are deploying next generation authentication across their mobile and web applications.

The Basics of FIDO Authentication

  • How Aetna has designed their approach to next generation authentication
  • How they are improving user experience, while decreasing risk and costs
  • A look at Aetna’s authentication on mobile and web applications
  • Plus, how they are approaching federation and identity proofing


Brian Heemsoth, Director of Security Innovation, Aetna

Brian Heemsoth is currently the Director of Security Innovation, with oversight for Software & Mobile Security, as well as Consumer Authentication at Aetna. In this role,  he works to facilitate the adoption of application security controls throughout the enterprise, and drive the innovation of Aetna’s Mobile Security resources in a manner that appropriately mitigates risk and improves the customer experience. Additionally, he is currently focused on implementing behavioral, biometric, and risk based authentication capabilities into Aetna’s consumer facing applications. Brian was a founder of Aetna’s Software Security group, and has significant experience in efficiently integrating security controls into waterfall and DevOps SDLC’s. Prior to joining the Software & Mobile Security Group, Brian led the implementation of enterprise encryption & key management technologies, identity & access management platforms, and other security tools.

Brett McDowell, Executive Director, FIDO Alliance

Brett McDowell is the Executive Director of the FIDO Alliance, the organization he helped establish in 2012 to remove the world’s dependency on passwords through open standards for strong authentication. Mr. McDowell manages the strategic direction of the FIDO Alliance and coordinates its liaison activities with numerous external industry groups, standards bodies and government agencies worldwide. Previously, Mr. McDowell was Head of Ecosystem Security at PayPal, where he developed strategies, lead initiatives, and spearheaded their authentication strategy to make the Internet safer for PayPal and their customers. He and his team drove several open standards and won a CSO40 award for innovation in authentication. Mr. McDowell has held several leadership positions including founding Management Council Chairman for the NSTIC IDESG, co-founder and Chairman of DMARC.org, Treasurer for the National Cyber Security Alliance, Secretary for StopBadWare.org, and Vice President for FIDO Alliance. Prior to joining PayPal in 2010, Mr. McDowell managed a number of IEEE-ISTO initiatives, serving as Executive Director for Kantara Initiative, Liberty Alliance Project, and VoiceXML Forum. Mr. McDowell has extensive industry standards experience having worked with IETF, ISO, ITU-T, ANSI, OASIS, W3C, IEEE and the ETSI ICT Standards Board.


June 14, 2017
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
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