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CynergisTek’s Clyde Hewitt will be presenting a session at the upcoming North Carolina HIMSS Annual Conference, occurring on May 3rd & 4th in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Hollywood’s Hype and the Harsh Reality of a Ransomware Attack

Clyde Hewitt, CynergisTek’s Vice President, Security Strategy
Dave Dillehunt, FirstHealth of the Carolinas

Thursday, May 3rd from 11:30 am-12:15 pm

No amount of advance planning can totally prepare an organization for a large-scale ransomware attack. From the moment of discovery, IT departments are aggressively fighting the clock to stop the spread to not only the EHR, biomedical, laboratory, and pharma systems, but also to the revenue cycle management, facilities, cafeteria, and supply-chain management systems. No endpoint is safe. Healthcare executives are inclined to turn to the CIO to lead the initial recovery efforts but the recovery challenge transcends many different business units. This presentation will provide lessons learned from actual ransomware attacks, including the timeline from initial discovery through technical recovery and will also focus on the non-technical actions needed to meet the legal, regulatory, and contractual requirements. It will also address the human impacts of ransomware and strategies to help mitigate the negative effects. Attendees will gain a focused perspective on the human impact to the organization, explore the responsibilities of various departments following a serious security event, and review considerations that would help determine if the event is a reportable Breach.

  • Comprehend scope of managerial challenges following a ransomware attack
  • Understand the complexity and multi-disciplinary requirements of an incident response process
  • Communicate back to others in their organization the importance of having a trained executive leadership team to respond to incidents
Clyde HewittVice President, Security Strategy
Clyde Hewitt is Vice President of Security Strategy at CynergisTek. He brings over thirty years of executive leadership experience in cybersecurity to CynergisTek, having served in various senior IT positions for the United States Air Force, later moving into the private sector in various information security management roles. Most recently, he and was the Vice President and Chief Security Officer for Allscripts Healthcare. He is a Board Member for the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance.

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May 3, 2018
May 4, 2018
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5700 Westpark Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217 United States
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