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SANS Institute Announces Healthcare Cyber Security Summit Speaker Line-Up

Security Experts from Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, Merck, Phoenix Children's Hospital Among the List of Speakers

  • Bethesda, MD
  • November 5, 2014

The SANS Institute today announced the speaker line-up for its second annual Healthcare Cyber Security Summit in San Francisco on December 3rd. Included among the speaker list are security experts from Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, Merck and Phoenix Children's Hospital.

The Healthcare Cyber Security Summit was created in partnership with the National Health Information Sharing & Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) to help healthcare organizations overcome today's complex cyber security issues through greater awareness and information sharing. The partnership combines SANS' world-class cyber security training and expertise with NH-ISAC's growing healthcare information sharing network.

"Healthcare cyber security professionals have a complex job. They must deal with increasingly aggressive threats, radical and constant changes in technology, and evolving HIPAA regulations," said John Pescatore, SANS Director of Emerging Security Trends. "The SANS Healthcare Cyber Security Summit was developed to help these professionals balance the security, compliance, and innovation required to thrive. Senior information security leaders will share their experiences about "What Works" as they detail how they were able to overcome these obstacles to increase both the effectiveness and the efficiency of their security programs."

Healthcare Cyber Security Summit speakers will discuss the latest security threats and techniques used by hackers. They will also detail how healthcare organizations can balance the security, compliance, and innovation required to thrive today. Speakers include:

  • Michael McNeil, Global Product Security & Services Officer, Philips Healthcare
  • Tim Tompkins, Director, Global Information Security Innovation, Aetna
  • Jim Routh, CISO, Aetna & Board Member, NH-ISAC
  • Jim Doggett, Chief Technology Risk Officer, Kaiser Permanente
  • John Pescatore, Director of Emerging Security Trends, SANS Institute

For a complete list of speakers and additional details on the summit, including details on presentations and training courses, or to register for the event, please visit:


The National Health Information Sharing & Analysis Center(NH-ISAC) is nationally recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Council of ISACs for the healthcare and public health sector. NH-ISAC's mission is to enable, foster and preserve the public trust by advancing the physical and cyber security protection of the nation's healthcare and public health critical infrastructure from threats and vulnerabilities. NH-ISAC's established information sharing programs with the US Department of Homeland Security, law enforcement and intelligence agencies support nationwide prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery.

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The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 50 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates employee qualifications via 30 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master's degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system--the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (