Ransomware Threats to Hospitals: Key Facts and Strategies for Protection

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June 3, 2021
12 - 1:15 p.m. ET

$49   Member Rate
$99   Non-Member Rate

Ransomware is a cybersecurity threat that is on the rise.  These threats are constantly evolving, and every organizations is vulnerable to ransomware attack, data theft, and privacy breaches.  These 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 them.

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 from compromise and how to be resilient if you are subject to ransomware. 
Learn from industry experts including Colin Zick and Chris Hart from Foley Hoag  about the current cybersecurity landscape, where ransomware fits in that landscape, how to ensure that your organization is protected from ransomware, and how to protect sensitive patient and employee information.

Learning Objectives
How to identify and respond to ransomware
The different varieties of ransomware:  file encryption (shuts your institution down) versus
criminal extortion (and related disclosure threats)
Whether to classify ransomware as an incident versus a breach
Utilizing your legal counsel, insurance, and cybersecurity partners
The role of cyber insurance policies in ransomware


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 their 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 nations’ 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 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. John 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 as an enterprise risk issue. John launched a national campaign with the AHA and government agencies to help members protect medical research against foreign threats.

He also served on the NY FBI SWAT Team for eight years. John is the recipient of the FBI Director’s Award for Special Achievement in Counterterrorism and the CIA’s George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the CIAs highest award in this category. John presents extensively on cybersecurity and risk topics and is frequently interviewed by the media.

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

Colin Zick is a partner with the Boston-based law firm, Foley Hoag LLP, where he counsels clients ranging from the Fortune 1000 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, CCPA, CPRA, 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). 

Colin co-founded the firm's Privacy and Data Security Practice Group and regularly contributes to its "Security, Privacy and the Law" blog,  He speaks regularly on a variety of subjects relating to privacy and security, including to the Association for Corporate Counsel on breach response, on cyber risk and insurance at the New York Stock Exchange, to the Mass Technology Leadership Council, the French-American Chamber of Commerce, and to the members of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Boston Bar Association, and with representatives of the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services.  

Colin has been ranked as one of the Best Lawyers in America® for both privacy and data security and healthcare, is ranked by CHAMBERS USA as one of Massachusetts' leading health care lawyers, and he has been selected by his peers as a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” since 2004.  

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

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 different 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 (IAPP) privacy bar board of advisors and a member of the American Bar Association's privacy and security steering committee.  Chris 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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