Cybersecurity in healthcare has a unique set of challenges due to the type of information at risk and the consequences on patient safety. Hospitals and healthcare organizations are vulnerable targets of cyberattacks which represent significant danger for patients and hospitals’ ability to continue their operations.

In this episode, John Riggi, National Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk, at the American Hospital Association, sat down with Ligia Kornowska (Director and leader of innovation at the Polish Hospital Federation) to discuss the issues and challenges of cybersecurity in healthcare. John also provided responses and recovery solutions to these cyber threats.

American Hospital Association

John Riggi

National Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk

A 30-year highly decorated veteran of the FBI, serves as the first national advisor for cybersecurity and risk for the American Hospital Association. In this...

American Hospital Association

John Riggi

National Advisor for Cybersecurity and Risk

A 30-year highly decorated veteran of the FBI, serves as the first national advisor for cybersecurity and risk for the American Hospital Association. In this role, he serves as a trusted advisor to the leadership of nation’s hospitals and health systems. John is a prominent national advocate on healthcare cyber policy and legislative issues – including providing testimony and briefings to Congress which assisted in the passage of PL 116-321, which provides 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. John works closely with healthcare victims of cyber ransomware attacks during and post attack.

While at the FBI, John served as a representative to the White House Cyber Response Group, a Senior representative to the CIA and on the NY FBI SWAT team for eight years.  He 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 CIAs highest counterterrorism award.

Polish Hospital Federation

Ligia Kornowska

Managing Director

Ligia is responsible for issues with medical data (access to medical data, data protection, cybersecurity) and innovations in healthcare, i.e. AI, AR, blockchain technology. She...

Polish Hospital Federation

Ligia Kornowska

Managing Director

Ligia is responsible for issues with medical data (access to medical data, data protection, cybersecurity) and innovations in healthcare, i.e. AI, AR, blockchain technology. She is also the co-founder and President of the Board of the “Donate your Data” Foundation.

 

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