Nationally-recognized health system implements a strategic security framework to better protect critical patient and provider information

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -  May 3, 2017 IDG's CIO today announced John Muir Health as a recipient of the 2017 CIO 100. The 30th annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). Jon Russell, CIO of John Muir Health, and his team worked to implement a comprehensive and self-healing security program to prevent, detect, and respond to security threats throughout the organization’s network.

"Technology innovation and business value have always been at the heart of our CIO 100 awards, which honor the IT organizations thriving on the front lines of the digital revolution," said Maryfran Johnson, Ed itor in Chief, CIO Events. "This year's winning companies are outstanding examples of how IT leadership, business collaboration and customer engagement are shaping the future."

According to industry data, over the past two years nearly 90 percent of healthcare organizations have been breached, totaling $6.2 billion in damages. In an effort to combat against attacks and to protect the lives and information of patients and providers within its system, Jon Russell and his team enlisted the help of data center and cloud security company, vArmour. As part of the larger security effort, the team deployed vArmour’s DSS Distributed Security System to provide greater visibility and control of individual workloads across network, cloud, and affiliated organizations. Once deployed, vArmour’s software-based application segmentation helped John Muir Health to not only establish the baseline traffic in their data center, medical device and desktop network segments, but also take action, create and automate policy going forward.

“At John Muir Health, our top priority is providing safe, high-quality patient care. As a result, we choose to partner with innovative technology companies that will allow us to focus on what matters most - ensuring that the lives and data of our patients are always protected,” said Jon Russell, CIO of John Muir Health. “With the help of strategic companies like vArmour, we’ve been able to improve our overall security approach for regulatory and compliance requirements such as HIPAA. Being recognized as a 2017 CIO 100 honoree is a true testament to the success of our team’s integrated security initiative.”

“Jon Russell and his team at John Muir Health understand that securing today’s enterprise requires an approach for the dynamic nature of computing, and unlike our competition, vArmour’s cloud-native solution was developed with the needs of today and the future in mind,” said Tim Eades, CEO at vArmour. “We value our partnership with John Muir Health as they implement our solution to secure patient and provider data and enhance patient care in the multi-cloud era, not conceivable with alternative appliance or perimeter methods.”

Executives from the winning companies will be recognized at The CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony, to be held Wednesday evening, August 16th, at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

About the CIO 100 Awards:

Recipients of this year's CIO 100 Award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of external judges (many of them former CIOs) reviewed the applications in depth, looking for leading-edge IT practices and measurable results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and selected the final 100.

Coverage of the 2017 CIO 100 Awards will be available online at on August 16, 2017 and in the July/August issue of CIO's digital magazine.

About John Muir Health:

John Muir Health is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit healthcare organization east of San Francisco serving patients in Contra Costa, eastern Alameda and southern Solano Counties. It includes a network of more than 1,000 primary care and specialty physicians, nearly 6,500 employees, medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek, including Contra Costa County’s only trauma center, and a Behavioral Health Center. John Muir Health also has partnerships with Tenet Healthcare/San Ramon Regional Medical Center, UCSF Health and Stanford Children's Health to expand its capabilities, increase access to services and better serve patients. The health system offers a full-range of medical services, including primary care, outpatient and imaging services, and is widely recognized as a leader in many specialties – neurosciences, orthopedic, cancer, cardiovascular, trauma, emergency, pediatrics and high-risk obstetrics care.

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About vArmour:

vArmour, the data center and cloud security company, delivers a distributed platform with integrated security services including software-based segmentation, microsegmentation, application-aware monitoring, and cyber deception to help organizations protect critical applications and workloads. Based in Mountain View, CA, the company was founded in 2011 and is backed by top investors including Highland Capital Partners, Menlo Ventures, Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Work-Bench Ventures, Allegis Capital, Redline Capital, and Telstra. The vArmour DSS Distributed Security System is deployed across the world's largest banks, telecom service providers, government agencies, healthcare providers, and retailers. Partnering with companies including AWS, Cisco, HPE and VMware, vArmour builds security into modern infrastructures with a simple and scalable approach that drives unparalleled agility and operational efficiency. Learn more at