Erik Decker is the Chief Security and Privacy Officer for the University of Chicago Medicine, and is responsible for its Cyber Security, Identity and Access Management and HIPAA Privacy Programs. Erik has 17 years of experience within Information Technology, with 11 years focused on Information Security. The majority of his career has been focused on Academic Medical Centers; establishing two information security programs and an identity and access management program.
Erik is the current Vice-Chair of the AEHIS Board, and joined AEHIS in 2015. Within AEHIS, he is the Chair of the Public Policy Committee. This association focuses on educating the CISO and providing cybersecurity resources within the Healthcare sector. Erik’s passion for thought leadership in this industry is evidenced by his roles within his professional associations, leadership of industry driven cybersecurity initiatives, and his many presentations to educational institutions, professional associations, conferences and other seminars. He is currently Co-Leading a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) task group of 100 industry experts across the country for implementing the CISA 405D legislation within the Healthcare sector. This group is charged with “Aligning the Health Care Industry Security Approaches”, as well as implementing several components of the recently federal Cybersecurity Task Force report. He was also awarded the 2017 Chicago CISO of the Year in October, 2017. He previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University teaching HIPAA Privacy and Security.
Erik has a Master’s 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.
Updated October 2017