National Healthcare Cybersecurity Expert Addresses MHA Members

Posted on September 25, 2018

(From left) Bob Connors, MD, president of Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, meets John Riggi, senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk, American Hospital Association, during the forum.An MHA Cybersecurity Member Forum was held Sept. 14 at Davenport University, Lettinga Campus, Grand Rapids, to help members as they continue to mitigate evolving cyber security risks.

Nationally recognized healthcare cybersecurity expert John Riggi, senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk, American Hospital Association, spoke to 26 attendees from 11 hospitals. Riggi evaluated today’s cyber threat landscape, provided insight on the role of hospitals as part of the critical national infrastructure, and included real-world examples from his nearly 30 years with the FBI, investigating areas of counterterrorism and cybersecurity.

The forum reinforced that hospitals and healthcare systems need to view cyber risk as an organizationwide risk issue. Riggi also emphasized that members must continue to consider patient safety and care delivery first when prioritizing cybersecurity policies, procedures, controls and technical risks, followed by data protection and the impact on business operations.  

Members with questions should contact Laura Appel at the MHA.


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