October 15-16, 2018 | Boston, 2018 x2, MA

Speaker Proposals

HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum: Call for Speaking Proposals is Open

HIMSS is accepting speaker proposals for the Healthcare Security Forum in Boston, Oct. 15-16. The deadline to submit is Friday, May 25. 

The name of the game for this is event is to provide expert education that helps attendees operationalize security, support organizational business goals, and drive ROI from their security investments. 

While advances in health IT are promising, concerns about privacy compliance make health organizations wary of adopting technology solutions they are not absolutely certain they can trust. This is why at HIMSS we believe that digital transformation must begin with security. Health organizations need to understand how to create “defense-in-depth” plans that protect every potential point of entry, which include people, networks, mobile and IoT devices, apps, and data.

Our goal for this this event is to deliver, over two days, a mix to topics and speakers who can provide the best strategic and tactical information to our audience of 200+ healthcare CISOs and security leaders on how do do just that.

We will review all submissions, and pick the best of the best.

Submissions are limited to security professionals and experts from healthcare provider and payer organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions. Case studies are a priority and presentations should be practical, actionable and solutions-based.

After talking to multiple healthcare CISOs over the past few months, we aggregated their comments and listed the topics of interest below. Many can be addressed from a strategic or tactical perspective. In each case, CISOs want to make their organizations more secure without unnecessarily hampering business and clinical activities.

The topics of interest are but not limted to:

  • Automation that enables security without disabling the business
  • Operationalizing security and driving ROI
  • Vendor management/third party risk management
  • Cloud computing
  • Protecting a growing digital footprint
  • Governance
  • Protecting data and business processes
  • Resource allocation
  • Staffing
  • Education and training
  • Vulnerability management
  • Incident response
  • Communicating with the board and senior leadership
  • Developing a strategic plan
  • Medical device security
  • Patient privacy monitoring
  • Protecting consumer identities
  • Security incident and event management
  • Advanced endpoint detection
  • Communication and collaboration across the enterprise
  • Key management
  • Deception technology
  • Privileged access management
  • Internal pen testing
  • Critical threat intelligence
  • Data loss prevention (DLP)
  • Passwords are terrible – multi-factor authentication
  • Information sharing
  • Network segmentation
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery

Advanced and Emerging Technology

  • Machine and artificial intelligence
  • Biometrics
  • Blockchain
  • Securing the Internet of Medical Things

Panel Discussion/Leadership Topics

  • How to address complex zero-day vulnerabilities and other massive threats
  • Hiring and staffing
  • Skills shortage
  • What certifications do you need on staff?
  • General Data Protection Regulation from the EU
  • Making security part of the enterprise business

HIPAA & Compliance

  • OIG update: Sanctions, discipline, enforcement

Topics of general interest

  • Hacking exercise
  • Executive skills for CISOs and security leaders
  • Security innovations
  • Hot button cyber topics
  • Cyber liability insurance
  • CFO addresses security ROI
  • Cybersecurity research
  • Futurist presentation

No commercial content. Submissions will not be selected if they appear to directly promote specific products/services or are of a commercial nature. Likewise, if your submission is selected, HIMSS has the right to request that you make modifications to keep your session within the program content guidelines.

Thank you for your interest in in the Healthcare Security Forum. If your proposal matches our requirements, we will contact you.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Hayden at or Mike Moran at 

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