The CIO as a business enabler: Key thoughts from Faith Regional Health Services' Brian Sterud

Brian Sterud, vice president and CIO of Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Neb., outlines the big trends in hospital cybersecurity with a focus on community healthcare.

Question: How do you think your role will change in the next three years? What are you doing today to prepare?

Brian Sterud: The role of CIO has changed already and will continue to be a business enabler. Knowledge of technology and the corresponding capabilities will remain important; however, these skills are now shared by many of our colleagues. I believe that a CIO needs to understand the business well enough to present solutions to problems that have been identified. In the past, I feel we may have had a solution in mind and went looking for the problem.

Q: What emerging trend or technology in cybersecurity are you most interested in today and why?

BS: I'm very interested in how cybersecurity will be impacted by artificial intelligence. While AI seems poised to impact many areas of healthcare, I believe that cybersecurity may be the most immediate. The ability to ingest disparate data and automate decision making in real-time presents great opportunities relative to security. AI can automate many decisions based on a person's identity, but allows for much more granular control that can be adaptive based on the context.

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