Mac McMillan to Discuss Cybersecurity Risk Management at 2016 CHIME LEAD Forums

Austin, Texas, April 12, 2016 — CynergisTek, an authority in health information security, privacy and compliance, today announced that its CEO, Mac McMillan, was selected by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) to deliver the closing keynote address at six of the organization’s cybersecurity-focused 2016 LEAD Forums, Health Information Executive’s Guide to Cybersecurity. As part of CHIME’s education program, the forums will provide best practices for CIOs and CISOs to protect their organizations from cybersecurity threats. This marks the third consecutive year that McMillan, also an Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS) Advisory Board Member, has been invited to keynote the events.

McMillan’s keynote address, “Developing and Managing an Ongoing Risk Management Program,” will focus on cybersecurity risk management, drawing from his in-depth knowledge of current cybersecurity trends, such as social engineering, phishing, and insider abuse, as well as his technical expertise on data theft mitigation. McMillan will address the need for healthcare organizations to implement ongoing risk management programs that involve both process improvements and the implementation of technologies. Attendees will take away an understanding of the latest cybersecurity strategies and learn ways to encourage open knowledge sharing about effective risk management tactics between peers.

“No healthcare organization is immune from the cyber threats that are growing both in frequency and sophistication,” said CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. “Developing strong risk management and risk mitigation strategies is essential to protecting patient information. Mac brings a wealth of experience to the LEAD Forums and AEHIS and can help CIOs and CISOs better prepare their organizations for a cyberattack.”

McMillan will deliver the closing keynote at the following 2016 CHIME LEAD events:

“I am honored to return to the CHIME LEAD Forums and contribute to the information sharing and education around cybersecurity, as it’s one of the timeliest and threatening topics facing healthcare today,” said McMillan. “It is clear from the prevalence of cybersecurity incidents just this year that greater focus is required. I applaud CHIME for its efforts in addressing this knowledge gap and looking forward to sharing my experience and insights.”

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,800 CIO members and over 150 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit

AEHIS is the only professional organization focused on supporting the healthcare industry’s security executive community. AEHIS provides professional development and educational resources on important healthcare security issues, as well as an environment where /security leaders can communicate with, inform and educate one another. For more information, please visit