CISO Affinity Group

Securing Our Perimeters

As modern-day cybersecurity superheroes, SI’s Chief Information Security Officer Affinity Group regularly convenes for Dialogue calls and virtual and in-person Summits. Salient topics include security technologies, network and security architecture, today’s (and tomorrow’s) threats, and federal/state compliance and regulations, among others.

Plus, if you want to know what your peers are doing and thinking right now, join SI’s CISO Affinity Group MS Teams site to facilitate ongoing, ad hoc, open discussion and collaboration among the CISO peer group.


Dialogues – Invitation-only

These 1-hour, peer-led Zoom meetings are by invitation-only, with recaps distributed to affinity group members via MS Teams. To guest-lead/host a Dialogue on a topic of interest, contact Cynthia Schroers. Some hosts share background materials to support discussion; just ask for samples.


Upcoming Summit – Invitation-Only

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Upcoming Teleconferences and Webinars – Open to all Members




SI 2020 CISO Virtual Summit Report

Sponsored by Deloitte. Twenty-nine health-system Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and related senior executives from prominent US healthcare systems convened December 4, 2020, to...

SI 2019 CISO Summit Highlights

The SI 2019 CISO Summit sponsored by Deloitte was held October 24 & 25. Co-hosts CHRISTUS VP and CISO Fernando Blanco and BayCare VP...

Previous Teleconference and Webinar Recordings – Available to all Members


Healthcare AI/ML Confidential Computing Platform
Mary Beth Chalk, Business Development, Center for Digital Health Innovation, UCSF Innovation Ventures. Cyberattacks on healthcare data are a clear and present danger resulting in constr...
Developing Future Ready IT Leaders
Scott Arnold, EVP & CIO, Tampa General Hospital, and Judy Kirby, CEO, Kirby Partners.  Health systems are morphing into technology companies who deliver healthcare.  With this maj...
WEBINAR | The Current State of Interoperability
Ruben J. Nazario, MD, MBA, Principal, Clinical Informatics, Elsevier. The pandemic has accentuated many gaps in our health system and the need to facilitate information exchange in a se...
WEBINAR | Understanding and Successfully Combating Security Threats
Scott Gaydos, VP Product Management, Optum, and Mike Rogers, Director of Cybersecurity, Optum Technology. As healthcare organizations continue to barrel toward modernization, cyber-atta...


Cyber Student Staffing Boosts Productivity at Sentara, Part II
Daniel Bowden, VP & CISO, Sentara Healthcare.  Dan discusses some of the very positive impact that the student staffing program has had. Sentara’s cybersecurity program has made ...
Managing Your Expanding Remote Workforce During COVID-19 and Thereafter
Shefali Mookencherry, Principal & VCISO, and Erik Gerard, Principal & VCTO, Impact Advisors.  Shefali and Erik discuss the tactical approaches many organizations have taken to ...
Successful Legacy Data Management at University Hospitals
Robert Eardley, CIO; Bryan McDowell, CISO, University Hospitals; and Shaman Akhtar, Senior Advisor, Impact Advisors.  University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland grew substantially in 2014 ...


Managing Cyber Threats and Protecting Patients: An HHS and Industry-led Response
Erik Decker, Chief Information Security & Privacy Officer, University of Chicago Medicine, and Julie Chua, Risk Management Branch Chief, HHS Office of Information Security.  Learn ...
Cybersecurity Investment Strategy at Partners HealthCare
Jigar Kadakia, CISO/CPO, Partners HealthCare System.  Cybersecurity does not generate revenue, and this makes it difficult to assess how much money to allocate to a cybersecurity budge...
GDPR: So You Think it Doesn’t Apply?
Scott Dresen, FACHE, FHIMSS, CISSP, CISM, Senior VP & CTO/CISO, Leah Voigt, JD, MPH, Chief Privacy & Research Integrity Officer, Spectrum Health System, Christy Wheaton, Chief I...
TEFCA in a Nutshell Part II: Updated Proposed Rule and What It May Mean for Orgs and Providers
Dan Golder, DDS, MBA, Impact Advisors. This session examines the April 2019 update to the Draft Specifications for TEFCA – the “Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreeme...
DevSecOps at Spectrum
Sean Henkel, Director IS, and Barry D. Nowak, Senior Domain Architect, Spectrum Health.  In this discussion Barry and Sean share Spectrum Health’s 4-year DevSecOps journey.  The eff...

About Affinity Groups

SI Affinity Groups are intimate forums focused on a common issue, topic or collective challenge of its members, with a goal of information sharing around similar concerns, best practices, lessons learned, industry trends and resources to help organizations thrive.

Thien Lam, VP and CISO, BayCare Health System
Thien Lam
VP and CISO, BayCare Health System
"The SI CISO members are awesome. They are very responsive and helpful, which is one of many qualities that I like about the SI CISO group. Thank you for helping us by creating a culture where we can share knowledge."

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