November 2 Cybersecurity Event Offers Insights into Challenges of Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in the Health-Tech Industry

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Panel to discuss past issues, current challenges and response and defense tactics

The BioTech/MedTech Cluster, a subsidiary of the New Hampshire High Tech Council (Council), will host a cybersecurity event on Thursday, November 2 from 5:30 to 8 pm at University of New Hampshire’s Manchester campus, 88 Commercial Street in Manchester. The event, titled “Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in 2017,” will focus on safety and data security risks in the digital world. A panel will discuss a case study of a recent ransomware attack, its impact on company operations and preventative and responsive tactics.

“The upcoming cybersecurity event will shed light on one of the most pressing concerns in the health-tech industry,” said Cindy Conde, chair of the BioTech/MedTech Cluster committee. “Health-tech offers so many opportunities and advancements to society, but it is not without its risks. The panel of experts will provide insights from years of industry experience that will help to better prepare all of us for the challenges we may face.”

Moderated by Christina Ferrari of Bernstein Shur, the panelists for the November event offer years of industry experience and include:

Andrew Seward, chief information security officer for Elliot Health System in Manchester. Seward is working to build an agile, sustainable corporate cybersecurity program and team to reduce business and clinical risks, promote safe employee cyber behaviors and protect Elliot’s IT networks and information assets. Seward served in the military for 27 years, and finished his active-duty career in 2011 as the chief information officer of the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Seward has received two Master’s degrees, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and is a board member of the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester.

Carl Kraenzel, chief information officer for IBM Watson Health. Kraenzel serves as an IBM Distinguished Engineer and vice president of IBM Watson Health Security. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Superconductive Computing Physics from MIT, and is the co-founder of two startup companies.

Jim Turner, director of Software Engineering for Sunrise Labs. He has extensive experience in systems and software development for Class II and Class III medical devices, with product experience spanning from handheld medical devices, desktop analyzers and infusion pumps. Turner received his Master’s degree in Education and his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire.

Christina A. Ferrari, attorney with Bernstein Shur, P.A., a New England-based law firm. As a former biomedical researcher in the fields of neurosurgery and neuroscience, Ferrari puts her industry-specific, technical knowledge to work counseling biotechnology, medical device, life science and health science clients on legal and regulatory compliance and business strategies for the modern-day healthcare system. Ferrari received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Boston University, her Master’s degree in Medical Sciences from Boston University School of Medicine and her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center.

Tickets are $15 for Council members, $25 for not-yet-members and $10 for students. Register here.

The major sponsor for the November 2 event is Sunrise Labs.