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Preparing for Cyber Risks to Healthcare Operations: Be Ready, Not Sorry

August 17, 2017


CIO of Stanford Children’s Health Will Join Delta Risk LLC and Huntzinger Management Group for August 23 Webinar on Threats Facing Healthcare Industry

SAN ANTONIO, TX — August 17, 2017 — With cyber threats to the healthcare industry at an all-time high, IT and information security professionals in hospitals, provider firms, and other organizations have more concerns than ever about protecting patient data and ensuring business continuity. Delta Risk LLC, a global provider of cyber security and risk management services, announced today that it will host a webinar with recommendations for the healthcare community on how to better prepare for cyber incidents and attacks. The live webinar, “Preparing for Cyber Risks to Healthcare Operations: Be Ready, Not Sorry,” will take place August 23 at 1 PM ET.

Ed Kopetsky, CIO of Stanford Children’s Health and an Advisor with Next Wave Health Advisors, will kick off the live online event with a look at how his role has been impacted by the ever-changing threat landscape, followed by a discussion on essential elements of how to respond to a cyber-attack with experts Michael McKinley, Vice President and General Manager of Delta Risk, and Chris Holda, a senior healthcare IT consultant with the Huntzinger Management Group.

In the webinar, the speakers will cover how to properly prepare a business continuity plan. The presentation will also examine:

  • Key cyber-hygiene best practices to implement
  • Essential components of an incident response plan
  • How to set technical recovery priorities
  • Patient care and business continuity considerations

“There are more demands than ever before on CIOs and CISOs to protect their organizations and tackle today’s cyber security threats,” notes Kopetsky. “Handling a cyber-attack is stressful and time consuming, so it is critical to prepare and test your IT and security staff, along with your incident response plan, before that happens to ensure your organization can continue to operate.”

“Effective and timely communication – internally and externally – is key to ensuring your staff, patients, and stakeholders retain confidence in your operations,” added McKinley. “Having a technical staff that is prepared and understands the critical systems to bring online first is essential, as is knowing who and what is impacted and how to ensure that patients are impacted as little as possible.”

Ed Kopetsky is Chief Information Officer at Stanford Children’s Health and an Advisor with Next Wave Health Advisors. He is responsible for the strategic direction for information technology and biomedical systems. Ed has an extensive background in integrated healthcare organizations, information technology strategy and change management, process and cost improvement, and healthcare consulting. Prior to joining Stanford Children’s Health, he was a Partner at IBM Global Business Services, and Executive Vice President with Healthlink. He also previously served as Senior Vice President and CIO for Centura Health and Sharp Healthcare. He is currently the Advisory Board Chair for the Industrial and Systems Engineering Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and serves on multiple advisory boards for healthcare technology companies.

Michael McKinley has more than two decades of experience in cyber and information security in both the private and public sectors. He currently serves as Vice President and General Manager at Delta Risk, where he manages a team of skilled consultants who specialize in providing healthcare and other critical infrastructure clients with cutting-edge advisory services, managed cyber security solutions, and incident response capability to protect against, and to respond to cyber attacks and other disruptive events. Prior to Delta Risk, he served as co-founder and CEO of Allied InfoSecurity, a boutique cyber security firm based in the Philadelphia region focused on the healthcare sector.

Chris Holda is a senior healthcare IT consultant with Huntzinger Management Group, and has more than 20 years of experience in IT operations and 15 years in healthcare IT. His areas of expertise include technical operations, technical infrastructure, system integrations, licensing and contracting. Prior to Huntzinger Management Group, Chris served as Vice President, Information Technology at IHA, one of the largest multi-specialty groups in Michigan, and as Vice President of Operations for BBDO Worldwide, a global advertising agency. As a licensed attorney, Chris brings a unique hands-on perspective within healthcare IT.

Delta Risk LLC provides tailored, high-impact cyber security and risk management services to government and private sector clients worldwide. Formed in 2007, Delta Risk consists of trusted professionals with expert knowledge around technical security, policy and governance, and infrastructure protection to help clients improve their cyber security operational capability and protect business operations. Delta Risk is a Chertoff Group company.

Huntzinger provides IT advisory, managed, implementation, and staffing services to the healthcare industry. We focus on clinical and operational business performance optimization by ensuring alignment between IT, clinical, and ambulatory areas to position our healthcare clients for the future. For more information, visit www.huntzingergroup.com.