Ransomware Threats to Hospitals: Key Facts and Strategies for Protection

Ransomware Threats to Hospitals: Key Facts and Strategies for Protection
Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 12 – 1:15 p.m. ET

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Ransomware is a cybersecurity threat that is on the rise. These threats are constantly evolving, and every organization is vulnerable to a ransomware attack, data theft, and privacy breaches. The incidents are time-consuming to address, costly, and take a toll on public confidence in healthcare institutions at a time when you can least afford it.

As we rely on technology in every aspect of healthcare delivery, it is crucial to be vigilant, know the facts, and understand strategies for how to protect your organization’s information technology infrastructure and how to be resilient if you are subject to ransomware.

Learn from industry experts about the current cybersecurity landscape, where ransomware fits in that landscape, how to ensure that your organization, as well as sensitive patient and employee information, is protected.

John Riggi
Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk
American Hospital Association

John Riggi, having spent nearly 30 years as a highly decorated veteran of the FBI, serves as the first senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk for the American Hospital Association and its 5000+ member hospitals. John leverages his distinctive experience at the FBI and CIA in the investigation and disruption of cyber threats, international organized crime, and terrorist organizations to assist on policy and advocacy issues and provide trusted advisory services for the nation’s hospitals and health systems. His trusted access to hospital leadership and government agencies enhances John’s national perspective and ability to provide uniquely informed risk advisory services.

In various leadership roles at the FBI, John served as a representative to the White House Cyber Response Group and as a senior representative to the CIA. He was also the FBI national operations manager for terrorist financing investigations. John led the FBI Cyber Division national program to develop mission critical partnerships with the healthcare and other critical infrastructure sectors. He held a national strategic role in the investigation of the largest cyber attacks targeting healthcare and other sectors.

John currently co-leads a national HHS/healthcare sector task group to develop resources to assist the field in managing cyber risk. He also launched a national campaign with the AHA and government agencies to help members protect medical research against foreign threats.

Colin J. Zick
Partner, Co-Chair, Healthcare Practice, Privacy, and Data Security Practice and COVID-19 Taskforce
Foley Hoag LLP

Colin Zick is a partner with the Boston-based law firm, Foley Hoag LLP, where he counsels clients ranging from Fortune 1000 companies to start-ups on issues involving information privacy and security, including compliance with state, federal, and international data privacy and security laws, and government enforcement actions. He also frequently counsels technology and consumer-facing clients on issues involving information privacy and security, including the GDPR and Privacy Shield; HIPAA and other U.S. federal and state data privacy and security laws; privacy policies, cloud security, cyber insurance, the Internet of Things, and data breach response.

Christopher Escobedo Hart
Partner, Co-Chair, Privacy & Data Security Practice
Foley Hoag LLP

Chris is a litigation partner at Foley Hoag, LLP, where he co-chairs the firm’s Privacy and Data Security practice. A certified privacy professional, Chris counsels a wide variety of clients – from tech and life sciences start-ups to Fortune 500 companies – on regulatory compliance, breach response, government investigations, and domestic and international litigation relating to data privacy. In addition to his substantial practice as a privacy lawyer, Chris is active as a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals privacy bar board of advisors and a member of the American Bar Association’s privacy and security steering committee. He teaches data privacy compliance at Northeastern Law School. He also writes and speaks extensively on privacy and security issues and has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Politico.


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