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I recently presented at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society – North Carolina Chapter – where I talked about the importance of securing data within the healthcare industry. During my time at the conference, I kept my ear to the ground to better understand broader trends impacting the industry and left with three big takeaways:

Like many of us in the cybersecurity industry, I paid close attention to the recent fight between the FBI and Apple over an encrypted phone.

The worlds of fantasy and security have collided twice recently, once in practice and the other in principle.

Protecting the world’s information can create strange bedfellows. But sometimes it’s worth the unexpected allegiances with potential rivals or social media companies in an effort for everyone to get a better grasp on data security.

Looking at the volume of recent data breaches, it appears that malicious hackers are becoming increasingly savvy. Maybe. But the more likely cause is that miscreants are walking through doors left open by a legacy of bad security practices – or they are working with people already inside with access to sensitive data.

The nerds have shot back. For those of us who remember the “crypto wars” during the Clinton Administration, it was the technical takedown of bad encryption plans for the Clipper chip by security leaders which acted as data security discussion’s denouement. When cracking open encryption was proven at the technical level to be bad practice for everyone – government, law, business, private citizens – it was time for the snooping and surveillance advocates to take their ball and go home. Ever since, we’ve enjoyed the ability to implement encryption for better privacy and stronger business security. You can even draw a link from stronger crypto to the great tech companies that popped up and thrived before and after the Dot Com Bubble.

After all the buzz and blimey out of London Tech Week and Interop London 2015, I was ready for a Big Mac. Typical American, right! The Big Mac I’m thinking of is more related to economics than any McDonald’s pink slime concoction.

Between flights from D.C. to New York to Milwaukee to London, I wanted to share a kind of wild anecdote from this week’s Gartner Security and Risk Summit.