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Cybersecurity Thought Leader Honored for Helping Organizations Across the Country Improve Their Security Posture

Austin, TX – January 28, 2020 – CynergisTek, Inc. (NYSE AMERICAN: CTEK), a leader in cybersecurity, privacy, and compliance, today announced that founder and CEO Emeritus Mac McMillan is the recipient of the 2020 Leadership Excellence Award in the cybersecurity sector from the Baldrige Foundation, the private-sector partner of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The award recognizes exemplary business leaders committed to the Foundation’s mission to support organizational performance excellence in the United States and around the world.

Baldrige recognized McMillan for his four decades of prominent leadership in the cybersecurity space in both the public and private sector. After retiring from the federal government, McMillan founded CynergisTek in 2004 to transform information security in healthcare, an extremely vulnerable and underprepared industry at that time. Under his fifteen years of leadership, the company became the industry’s preeminent security and privacy consulting firm and has steered over 1,000 healthcare organizations to adopt sound security practices. Throughout his career, McMillan has devoted significant time and resources to educating the next generation of cybersecurity advocates and experts through his involvement in organizations such as the College of Health Information Management Executives and the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program. He also testified before the U.S. House Energy Subcommittee on Health in a 2016 hearing on the cybersecurity responsibilities of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“I am a huge proponent of implementing standards and using frameworks to guide the disciplined implementation of security programs, and I have utilized and helped others implement the control frameworks and guidelines developed by NIST for nearly three decades,” said McMillan. “To be recognized by the Baldrige Foundation, which has meant excellence in those organizations that have met its standard, is a great honor. No industry is more critical to our nation or needs the tools provided by NIST with the support of the Baldrige Foundation more than healthcare.”

The Baldrige Foundation ensures the long-term financial growth and viability of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which aims to improve the competitiveness of U.S. organizations through education and the sharing of management best practices, principles, and strategies. Since 2016, Baldrige Foundation board members have bestowed the Awards for Leadership Excellence to visionaries who have provided exceptionally outstanding support to Baldrige and embody Foundation values including stewardship, accountability, trust, teamwork, and transparency.

“Each year we accept the nominations of many individuals working tirelessly to promote the Baldrige Framework and further the mission of the Foundation,” said Al Faber, President and CEO of the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Inc., in a recent statement. “Through their efforts to grow the Baldrige community, they help thousands of organizations across the country to improve their performance. Baldrige makes health care safer and more accessible, education more effective, businesses more efficient and customer-focused, cyber systems more secure, governments more streamlined, and nonprofits more responsive,” said Faber. “These great leaders are helping to ensure the sustainability of Baldrige into the future.”

The award will be presented to McMillan during the Annual Baldrige Foundation Awards Ceremony held as part of the 32nd annual Quest for Excellence® conference on March 26, 2020, at the Gaylord National Harbor, National Harbor, MD.

About The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Inc.

The Baldrige Foundation is the private-sector partner of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) in the National Institute of Standards and Technology within the Department of Commerce. Its mission is to ensure the long-term financial viability of BPEP and to support organizational performance excellence. To learn more about the Foundation, please contact Al Faber at (202) 559-9195 or afaber@baldrigefoundation.org. The Baldrige Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Your contributions are tax deductible.  Click here learn more about BPEP.

About CynergisTek, Inc.

CynergisTek is a top-ranked cybersecurity firm dedicated to serving the information assurance needs of the healthcare industry. CynergisTek offers specialized services and solutions to help organizations achieve privacy, security, and compliance goals. Since 2004, the company has served as a partner to hundreds of healthcare organizations and is dedicated to supporting and educating the industry by contributing to relevant industry associations. The company has been recognized by KLAS as a top performing firm in healthcare cybersecurity and was awarded the 2019 Top Healthcare Cybersecurity Consults in Black Book IT Advisory Outcomes Survey.

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