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Posted: June 14, 2018 9:09 a.m.
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Winn partners with GSU Cyber security

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Winn participated in an educational partnership with students from Georgia Southern University majoring in health informatics. This partnership is designed to provide an outside perspective on Winn’s cyber readiness.

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Winn Army Community Hospital stands vigilant against the constant risk of infiltration from adversaries, conspirators, and other threats.  Winn understands the importance of maintaining acute sensitivity to their digital infrastructure in conjunction with their commitment to the privacy and safety of their beneficiaries.

In May, Winn participated in an educational partnership with students from Georgia Southern University majoring in health informatics.  This partnership is designed to provide an outside perspective on Winn’s cyber readiness.

“A large portion of how we execute that readiness mission is in the healthcare that we deliver,” U.S. Army Medical Department Activity – Fort Stewart Commander Col. Christopher Warner said. “Some of the unique aspects of the military healthcare system are the fact that it is well networked and connected throughout.”

This educational partnership provided resources for both Winn and Georgia Southern University to work together to facilitate the development and framework of security protocols.  The invaluable real-world experience for the Georgia Southern students allowed them insight into real-world applications of cyber security.  

“There are a lot of wicked people out there that can use your sensitive information or your personal information to cause problems in other areas of the world or anywhere for that manner,” Georgia Southern University Student Sailu Jalloh said. “Once your information gets out, you’re held responsible for the crimes that they may commit. As well as, you’re the one that suffers from that a lot of things can be taken from you.”

In the past few months, the digital infrastructures within the Southern Coastal Georgia Community have been vulnerable to malicious cyber-attacks, which include and are not limited to ransomware.  Ransomware is a form of malevolent cyber-attack that has the purpose of capturing and encrypting sensitive information stored on internal networks, as well as internal and external hard drives while demanding financial compensation to regain control of the affected device or network.

“If we’re going to be ready for those growing threats and those emerging threats that are out there then we’ve got to ensure that we’re also accessing our vulnerabilities and our effectiveness at maintaining that within the systems that we have as part of that,” Warner said. 

Winn is continually vigilant to these threats and constantly working on innovative solutions and partnerships to combat them.

“By having an outside set of eyes that helps you see yourself, it can let you understand where your vulnerabilities might be,” Warner said. “Where your training deficiencies or where there might be great educational opportunities.”

Winn’s commitment to readiness expands to include protecting their patients’ critical personal identifiable information and health records.  Winn advises all beneficiaries and staff to stand ready to take the needed precautions to protect their personal information.  

“We want our patients, our community to trust the care that they’re receiving,” Warner said. “Part of that has to be that their privacy is going to be secure.” 



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