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Healthcare Cybersecurity During COVID-19

Healthcare Cybersecurity During COVID-19


  • Kevin McDonald, BSN, MEPD, CISSP – Principle Healthcare Cybersecurity Advisor; former Director, Clinical Information and Division Chair Technology Services at Mayo Clinic
  • Kristopher Kusche, CISSP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, HCISPP – VP & Chief Information Security Officer at Albany Medical Center

About The Event

COVID-19 has changed the way healthcare is administered and managed. There has been a massive influx of patients resulting in a massive influx of PHI. This has put a strain on healthcare workers and the technologies they rely on to collect, store, transfer, and protect patient data. Medical device security is critical as well given the large attack surface these devices create in the hospitals and medical centers. How have healthcare CISOs responded to COVID-19 and these tectonic shifts in cybersecurity? What do healthcare CISOs need to plan for when the pandemic is declared over and the telehealth regulations are revisited?

This panel of experts will discuss telehealth and the related regulatory requirements, medical device security, cybersecurity for remote healthcare workers, and the challenges that loom when the pandemic is over.

Key takeaways:

  • Key technology requirements to support and secure long-term telehealth
  • Next steps when regulatory waivers expire
  • Best methods for securing medical devices
  • How best to secure a remote healthcare workforce
  • Considerations for a post-pandemic cybersecurity plan

About the Speakers

Kevin McDonaldKevin McDonald is a Principle Healthcare Cybersecurity Advisor for MedSec. Kevin most recently spent 20 years at Mayo Clinic with one of his responsibilities being leading the clinical information security program for medical devices and partnering with external vendors to assist them in improving the security of their products. His work has become nationally recognized with presentations at FDA Workshops, the Radiologic Society of North America Conference, Gartner Security and Risk Management Summits, AdvaMed, MedTech, NH-ISAC Summits, Archimedes Workshops, ICS2 and many others.

Kevin has also participated in several vendor security customer advisory boards as well as being the Co-Chair of the Healthcare & Public Health Sector Coordinating Council Cybersecurity Task Group Joint Security Plan, a member of the HIMSS Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Security Committee and the UL 2900 task group. Kevin has over 40 years of healthcare experience in both patient care and technology roles. His other healthcare and technology experiences include critical care and emergency nursing, education, nursing management, electronic medical record implementation, information technology and information security.

Kristopher KuscheKristopher Kusche joined the Albany Medical Center in 1993 where he currently serves as VP and Chief Information Security Officer responsible for all security policy, operations, investigation, enforcement and compliance. Mr. Kusche also oversees the medical equipment management program. His previous roles include management of all technology operations, clinical systems, data and system integration and data architecture teams.

Mr. Kusche earned his bachelor of science and master of engineering degrees (M.Eng.), both in Biomedical Engineering, from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and currently holds certifications as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) and as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

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