Contact Mac McMillan
Mac McMillan, FHIMSS, CISM
CEO Emeritus; CynergisTek, Inc.
Mac McMillan is Chief Executive Officer Emeritus and is considered a thought leader in security, privacy, and compliance issues in healthcare from his 40-year career as a healthcare and government expert. After successfully founding and leading CynergisTek to become the top-ranked information security and privacy consulting firm focused on the healthcare IT industry, he retired in August of 2019. He is recognized as a HIMSS Fellow, former Chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Steering committee, Work Group and Policy Task Force. He served on the CHIME Board of Advisors for AEHIS, the Most Wired Advisory Board, contributed to Healthcare’s Cybersecurity Model for the Baldridge award, and advised KLAS on defining its cybersecurity criteria. He has been an advisor, advocate, and role model to the HIT security community by sharing his passion to educate the industry on the importance of security since his retirement from the federal government in 2000.
McMillan has been a thought leader in cybersecurity and privacy issues in healthcare for nearly 20 years and has been recognized for his many contributions. He was recognized by Health Data Management as one of the Top 50 influencers in health IT, by Becker’s Hospital Review’s lists of influential healthcare IT leaders by both its writers and readers, and named one of the top 10 health information security influencers by HealthInfoSecurity. He has served on several advisory boards, such as HIT Exchange HealthTech Industry, HealthInfoSecurity Editorial Advisory Board and Healthcare Innovations Advisory Board. He has impacted healthcare security through broadcast and literature. For nearly a decade, McMillan has been a media fixture as reporters sought him out to educate the broader healthcare and security industry on what is going on in security, why security is important, and the consequences of ignoring security. This has led to his contribution in hundreds of articles, blog posts, podcasts, and news stories. He has testified in front of Congress and supported industry efforts at congressional outreach on privacy and cybersecurity issues. These efforts helped build a strong foundation of understanding to the importance of security in healthcare and allowed him to promote many issues such as medical device security, telehealth security, and the shortage of cybersecurity professionals in healthcare organizations. He is a contributing author for two books on cybersecurity and risk management in healthcare.
Deeply passionate about solving the problem of the overwhelming shortage of qualified cyber professionals, he has a been a strong advocate and personal contributor to the CyberPatriot Program which provides opportunities and scholarships for children and adolescents, K-12, to enter STEM programs in college and hopefully careers beyond. He is a strong proponent of women in cybersecurity and has supported his beliefs through his leadership at CynergisTek as well as with other organizations. He teaches and supports curriculum development at several universities in health administration, Health information management and cybersecurity programs. He is a faculty Affiliate at the University of Texas in their cybersecurity for healthcare program and member of the Texas State University MHIM Advisory Board on Cybersecurity.
McMillan also served as Director of Security for two separate Defense Agencies and sat on numerous interagency intelligence and security countermeasures committees while serving in the U.S. government. He holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Texas A&M University. He is a graduate of the Senior Officials in National Security program at the JF Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a 1993/4 Excellence in Government Fellow. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as an Intelligence Officer after 21 years of service.