Erik Decker

Erik Decker is the Assistant Vice President – Chief Information Security Officer at Intermountain Healthcare. Previously Erik was the Chief Security and Privacy Officer for the University of Chicago Medicine, where he was responsible for its Cybersecurity, Identity and Access Management and Privacy Program. Erik has over 25 years of experience within Information Technology, primarily focused on Information Security. The majority of his career has been focused on Academic Medical Centers, where he established two information security programs and an identity and access management program.

He is currently Co-Leading a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) task group of more than 250 industry and government experts across the country for implementing the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, 405D legislation within the Healthcare sector. The publication was released in December 2018, titled “Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients” aka HICP, which establishes a national healthcare cybersecurity standard for small, medium and large sized healthcare organizations. Additionally, he led the development of the Health Industry Cybersecurity Tactical Crisis Response guide (HIC-TCR) under the same working group. He is also a member of the Executive Council of the Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council’s Joint Cybersecurity Work, which is a public-private workgroup formed under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

Erik has been awarded the HotTopics.HT 2020 GLOBAL CISO 100, 2019 ISE® North America Executive: Academic/Public Sector and the 2017 Chicago CISO of the Year. In 2018 he served as an expert witness to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health.

Erik earned his Masters of Science in Information Technology from Loyola University in Chicago and Bachelors degree of the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana in Cell and Structural Biology.

Bio updated December 2020

SI 2018 CISO Summit

The Scottsdale Institute 2018 Chief Information Security Officers Summit convened fifteen CISOs from prominent healthcare systems across the country in ...
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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 ...
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SI 2017 CISO Summit

"Best Practice Standards in Cybersecurity Risk Management" The Scottsdale Institute 2017 Chief Information Security Officers Fall Summit brought together 13 ...
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SI 2016 CIO/CISO Summit

"Cybersecurity as a 'Team Sport': Governance, Organization, Strategy and Tactics" The 2016 Scottsdale Institute Chief Information Officer/Chief Information Security Officer ...
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