The Healthcare Cyber Threat Landscape: From Digital Risk to Clinical Risk

June 14, 2023 | 11:00AM - 12:30PM PT

Cyber-attacks against hospitals and health systems have increased dramatically with the onset of the pandemic as nation state and criminal cyber adversaries have targeted healthcare organizations with a record number of hacks. These attacks involve the theft of massive amounts of patient data and medical research. Most concerning, high impact ransomware attacks have struck hospitals and health systems at an alarming rate, causing significant disruption and delay of healthcare delivery, and risking patient safety. 

Join John Riggi, National Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk for the American Hospital Association and former FBI Cyber senior executive, as he provides his unique national and international perspective on the latest cyber threats, including those arising from geopolitical tensions and how best to best prepare for, respond to and recover from them. He will also discuss the latest cyber legislative and policy developments. As John always says, “This presentation is designed not to scare, but make aware, so we can prepare.”

Presentation topics include:

  • Learn about the latest cyber adversaries, their tactics, techniques and procedures.
  • Hear about lessons learned based upon assistance provided to victim organizations of ransomware attacks and the “ransomware blast radius”.
  • Learn how digital risk translates into patient care risk and best practices on how to prepare for a loss of medical technology for four weeks or longer.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023: 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (PT)

John Riggi
National Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk
American Hospital Association

John Riggi, having spent nearly 30 years as a highly decorated veteran of the FBI, serves as the first national advisor for cybersecurity and risk for the American Hospital Association and their 5,000+ member hospitals. John leverages his distinct cyber, criminal investigation, and national security experience at the FBI and CIA to provide trusted strategic cyber and risk advisory services to the nation’s hospitals and health systems.

His trusted access to healthcare leaders and government agencies enhances John’s unique national perspective on cyber and risk issues and greatly contributes to the AHA’s policy and advocacy efforts. John represented the nation’s hospitals in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on cyber threats to hospitals in December 2020. This assisted in the passage of PL116-321, providing regulatory relief for HIPAA-covered victims of cyber attacks. In 2021, John’s prominent advocacy encouraged the government to raise the investigative priority level of ransomware attacks to equal that of terrorist attacks.

In various leadership roles at the FBI, John served as a representative to the White House Cyber Response Group and a senior representative to the CIA. He also served as the national operations manager for terrorist financing investigations. John led counterintelligence field surveillance programs in Washington DC and financial crimes and terrorist financing squads in New York City. Ultimately, John rose to the ranks of the Senior Executive Service and, in that capacity, led the FBI Cyber Division national program to develop mission-critical partnerships with the healthcare and other critical infrastructure sectors. He held a national strategic role in the investigation of the largest cyber-attacks targeting healthcare and other sectors.

He also served on the NY FBI SWAT Team for eight years. John is the recipient of the FBI Director’s Award for Special Achievement in Counterterrorism and the CIA’s George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the CIA’s highest award in this category. John presents extensively on cybersecurity and risk topics and is frequently interviewed by the media.

HQI is an approved continuing education (CE) provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing and will provide CHPSO members an opportunity to earn CEs. Provider Number CEP16793 for 1.0 contact hour.

Please contact CHPSO at info@chpso.org if you have any questions.