Dr. Cris Ewell is the chief information security officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit pediatric hospital, academic medical center, and research institute. Seattle Children’s supports children and families across Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, and has an academic relationship with the University of Washington’s School of Medicine and provides advanced cancer treatments through the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
As the senior leader in the information security program, Dr. Ewell has full strategic and operational oversight for building and managing the security framework, teams, programs, and policies to decrease exposure, drive awareness, and minimize risk for the organization. Along with Seattle Children’s, he has worked with several other organizations to help them implement risk management practices to address information security risks and to promote meaningful dialogue about the information security program with executive management and board members. Prior to joining Seattle Children’s, he served as the director of information security operations at the University of Washington, chief security officer for PEMCO Corporation, and chief technology officer for Breakwater Security.
Dr. Ewell is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP), certified information security manager (CISM), and is a member of IEEE, ACM, AHIMA, and several local information security organizations. Dr. Ewell also serves as a professor and board member for Bryan University’s Applied Health Informatics Program, an adjunct professor for Norwich University, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Washington. His current research area includes information security risk management.
Dr. Ewell has a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Information Technology and a Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Information Security.