Security stars to headline Privacy & Security Forum

Former security advisor to multiple presidents opening draw at Boston event
By Bernie Monegain
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Richard Clarke, cybersecurity expert and former national security advisor to three U.S. presidents – will keynote the HIMSS and Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum Dec. 1-3 in Boston.

The three-day event is designed to equip CISOs, CIOs and other senior healthcare IT leaders with business-critical solutions and best practices to safeguard their data.

Clarke served 30 years in federal government – in the Pentagon, the State Department, the Intelligence Community and the White House. He topped that off with a 10-year stint as an on-air consultant for ABC News. He taught at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and wrote seven books, including the No.1 New York Times best seller Against All Enemies. Today, Clarke is a leading consultant to industry and governments on cybersecurity.

In the opening keynote on Dec. 1, "Cybersecurity in 2015: From Theft to Destruction," Clarke will discuss the evolution of cybercrime and other looming threats, including hacktivism, cyber-espionage and cyber-warfare. He will outline what government, industries and individuals can do to defend against attacks. 

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FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director James Trainor will provide an up-to-the minute overview of the healthcare cybersecurity landscape and review lessons learned from past FBI breach investigations in his talk on Dec. 2. Technologist Ron Ross, cyber security consultant to the federal government, will keynote Day 3, spotlighting a new paradigm for cyber resiliency.

"Cyber-attacks are growing more sophisticated all the time, and cybersecurity has to evolve with them," HIMSS Media Executive Vice President John Whelan said in announcing the forum. "Our goal is to create a conversation among the most informed, forward-thinking experts in healthcare IT – visionaries like Clarke as well as CISOs and CIOs from across the nation – so that we can provide our attendees with the most effective tools and strategies to protect their organizations."

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, develop actionable solutions and tackle their most urgent privacy and security challenges through intensive panel discussions, case studies and 11 breakout sessions.Topics include preventing, detecting, responding to and recovering from a cyber-attack; human factors in privacy threats; managing risk through staffing and leadership; HIPAA compliance; mobile and medical device security; and more.

Media passes are available to qualified individuals, but space is limited. The full agenda, registration and sponsorship information is available here

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