Trident at AIU Ph.D. Student Presents Research at Cybersecurity Conference

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Current Ph.D. in Business Administration student, Wlad Pierre-Francois, presented “Factors that influence HIPAA Secure compliance in small and medium-size health care facilities” at the Kennesaw State University Conference on Cybersecurity Education, Research, and Practice on October 23. Co-presenting was Dr. Indira Guzman, Doctoral Studies Director in Trident’s College of Business.

Wlad Pierre-Francois, Ph.D. in Business Administration student, Trident

Wlad Pierre-Francois, a student in Trident at American InterContinental University’s (Trident) Ph.D. in Business Administration program, presented the literature review, “Factors that influence HIPAA Secure compliance in small and medium-size health care facilities,” at the Kennesaw State University Conference on Cybersecurity Education, Research, and Practice on Friday, October 23.

The co-presenter for this proceeding was Dr. Indira Guzman, Doctoral Studies Director in Trident’s Glenn R. Jones College of Business.

Mr. Pierre-Francois’s research aims to understand how the potential risk of sanctions impacts organizational adherence to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule (SR) at small and medium-sized healthcare facilities.

The Security Rule provides a national standard for the safeguard of electronically protected health information and was created to ensure that U.S. citizens’ electronic health data is protected from loss or abuse.

“According to previous research, small and medium-sized healthcare facilities have had difficulties maintaining compliance with the Security Rule,” states Wlad Pierre-Francois. “Some of the contributing factors that have led to past non-compliance include lack of executive management support or interest in SR adherence, low information security awareness, and organizations whose cultures do not value information security.”

This literature review serves as an important building block for Mr. Pierre-Francois’s Ph.D. dissertation.

Mr. Pierre-Francois is the President of P-Bon Services, a managed service provider with more than 20 years of experience in managing information systems. He is a military veteran and has experience in various sectors, including health, legal, retail, and financial.

Mr. Pierre-Francois is a current Ph.D. in Business Administration student at Trident. He holds a Master of Business Administration, I.T. Management concentration, from Western Governors University.

About Trident at American InterContinental University
Founded in 1998, Trident at American InterContinental University (Trident at AIU) is part of an online postsecondary university serving adult learners. Trident at AIU uses the EdActive™ learning approach, which employs case-based learning in an online setting to teach real-world relevant critical thinking skills designed to enhance the lives and education of students. Trident offers quality associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and certificates, led by a qualified faculty team, over 80% of whom have doctoral degrees. Trident at AIU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) and has more than 22,000 alumni with a military affiliation. Trident has received acknowledgements from Washington Monthly, Military Times, and Military Advanced Education & Transition for their dedication to student success. Visit http://www.trident.edu or call at (855) 290-0290 to learn more about Trident at AIU's wide range of educational options.

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