The New Virtual Workplace: More Exposed to Ransomware Attacks?

January 21, 2021
1:00 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST
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Abstract: The rules of engagement in response to cybercrime and cyberwarfare have yet to be formally defined. It is up to us as industry leaders to help the private and public sectors create them.  During this panel, we will be discussing our situational awareness around both criminal and geopolitical threats, our preparedness for these threats, and our response to them. There is more than money and productivity at stake, as we evolve into the fourth dimension of warfare, cyber warfare, we have to take into account interruptions to life-sustaining operations and collateral damage. 


Joseph Davis is the Chief Security Advisor of Microsoft for US Health & Life Sciences, where he advises payors, providers, pharmaceuticals, lab sciences, medical devices and various research organizations. Prior to Microsoft, Joseph lead North America Security Advisory for Avanade/Accenture.  Joseph was the CISO of Sensata Technologies. As a CISO, Joseph led the Global Privacy and Security Organization at Sensata Technologies where he brought technology, policy, and process to an asset and resource lite organization under the guidance of the Board of Directors and CIO.  He spent over a decade at Covidien (now Medtronic) building their information and security practices including traditional IT Security (SOC, Incident Response & Forensics), Security Architecture, Identity and Access Management, Enterprise IT Risk, IT Compliance and Data Privacy. Here, Joseph also built a world-class Global Security Operations Center.  While at Covidien, Joseph participated in drafting FDA Guidance on connected medical device safety and was an active member of Medical Device Innovation, Safety and Security Consortium (MDISS).




Jennings R. Aske is Senior Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer for NewYork-Presbyterian. In this role he is responsible for leading the hospital's information security and enterprise risk management programs, as well leading the Medical Staff Office. Mr. Aske joined NewYork-Presbyterian in 2015. Previously, he served as Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer of Nuance Communications. Prior to working at Nuance, he served in Chief Information Security Officer roles at Partners HealthCare, UMass Memorial Medical Center, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Mr. Aske received his Bachelor's and Master's from the State University of New York, and his law degree from Boston University School of Law at which he was also an editor at the American Journal of Law & Medicine.



Karl West is the Former Chief Information Security Officer and Assistant Vice President of Information Systems at Intermountain Healthcare, an integrated delivery network of 22 hospitals and 185 clinics in Utah and Southern Idaho. At Intermountain, Karl is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s security strategy. Karl’s leadership—throughout the planning, development, implementation, and maintenance of an excellent security program—has earned Intermountain national recognition as a leader in health information security.  The teams Karl inspires cover a wide range of security specialties—governance, architecture, risk and compliance, Identity and Access, eDiscovery, forensics, and incident management. Prior to his role at Intermountain, Karl was Vice President and Managing Partner at AT&T Consulting Services. Karl is a member of the Utah Health Information Network (UHIN) Privacy and Security Board. He’s also a board member of the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS), a part of the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME), and Weber State College’s Computer Science department. Karl received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Brigham Young University and later a master’s degree in Business Administration.



Karen Painter Randall is a partner and Certified Civil Trial attorney at Connell Foley LLP, where she chairs the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Group and leads the Incident Response Team. With extensive experience counseling clients on cybersecurity, data rights, and privacy laws and regulation, Karen provides proactive measures to safeguard the enterprise data, including security assessments, policies and procedures, security awareness training, incident response plans, and cyber liability insurance. She holistically guides a wide array of businesses through the rapidly evolving cybersecurity and privacy space, including GDPR, CCPA, FERPA, HIPAA, PCI DSS and TCPA compliance. Her clients span multiple industries, from financial services, to healthcare, public entities, education, transportation and retail, as well as lawyers and other licensed professionals. Karen also serves as incident response counsel for businesses and for cyber liability insurance carriers, leading the incident response effort quickly and efficiently on crippling data breaches and vulnerabilities, particularly those involving insider threats, business email compromise and ransomware attacks. She drives strategic solutions related to post‐breach issues, including forensic and e‐discovery investigations, statutory notification requirements in all 50 states, remediation, class action litigation, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) inquiries or regulatory enforcement actions, and FTC, HHS and state attorney general investigations. In addition to incident response, Karen has a depth of experience managing third-party vendor risk and drafting vendor agreements.




Samantha Baltzersen, Supervisory Special Agent Samantha Baltzersen has been in the FBI for over 16 years.  She started her career in the New York Field Office and joined the Computer Analysis Response (CART) team there. She worked on CART in the Washington Field Office and the Northwest Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. Then served as a Cyber investigator in the Portland Field Office for seven years before transferring to the Albany Field Office in August 2019.  SSA Baltzersen holds ten GIAC certifications including Incident Response, Forensic Analysis, Penetration Testing, Reverse Engineering of Malware, Mobile Forensics, and Implementing the Critical Security Controls (GSEC, GCED, GCFE, GCFA,GCIA, GCIH, GPEN, GREM, GASF, and GCCC).


Continuing Education Credits: We are able to offer Continuing Education Credits through HEC/NAB.

This event is being conducted in collaboration with the following organizations: 

  • Black Long Term Care Executives
  • The Healthcare Executives’ Club (HEC)
  • The New York Association for Healthcare Quality (NYAHC)
  • NYS Chapter HFMA


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