Addressing Ransomware Threats
Dan L. Dodson

Virtual Think Tank Series

Addressing Ransomware Threats

Thursday, January 14, 2021 • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (ET)

Ransomware continues to be one of the most significant cybersecurity risks for healthcare organizations. Over the last few months, attacks have been increasing while the time to proliferate throughout a network has significantly decreased. Last month the FBI, CISA, and HHS issued a joint cybersecurity advisory titled “Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector.” In response, the Fortified team has spoken with over 250 healthcare organizations; some of the outcomes of those discussions and Fortified’s recommendations will be shared during the VTT.

Through participation in this VTT series, healthcare information security executives have an opportunity to collaborate with their peers and collectively develop better answers that are both data-driven and experience-based. You will be part of an engaged community of healthcare thought leaders, exchanging information and ideas on how to improve healthcare cybersecurity and, ultimately, patient security during these unprecedented times.

Some critical topics that will be explored during this part of the series include:

• An update on the healthcare cybersecurity threats
• Short and long-term recommendations to address ransomware threats
• Incident response strategies and best practices

Dan L. Dodson
Fortified Health Security

Dan Dodson serves as CEO of Fortified Health Security, a recognized leader in cybersecurity that is 100% focused on serving the healthcare market. Through Dan’s leadership, Fortified partners with healthcare organizations to effectively develop the best path forward for their security program based on their unique needs and challenges.

Previously, Dan served as Executive Vice President for Santa Rosa Consulting, a healthcare-focused IT consulting firm, where he led various business units including sales for the organization. He also served as Global Healthcare Strategy Lead for Dell Services (formally Perot Systems), where he was responsible for strategy, business planning and M&A initiatives for the company’s healthcare services business unit. Dan also held positions within other healthcare and insurance organizations including Covenant Health System, The Parker Group and Hooper Holmes.

In 2018, Dan was recognized as a rising healthcare leader under 40 by Becker’s Hospital Review and regularly speaks at industry-leading events and conferences including CHIME, HIMSS and HIT Summits. He currently serves on the Southern Methodist University Cyber Security Advisory Board. Dan earned an M.B.A. in Health Organization Management and a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Texas Tech University.

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