June 11-12, 2018 | San Francisco, CA

Speaker Proposals

HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum: Call for Speaking Proposals is Open - Closes Friday, May 18

HIMSS is accepting speaker proposals for the Healthcare Security Forum in San Francisco, June 11-12. The deadline to submit is Friday, May 18, 5 p.m. EST. Don't be late!

There may be no topic more important in healthcare than securing data and maintaining business continuity in the face to today’s mounting cyber threats. At HIMSS, we are committed to helping healthcare organizations do just that. As a leading industry voice and stakeholder, we view that as core to our mission to advance healthcare through information and IT.

When it comes to healthcare security, there are dozens of topics we could cover. But 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.

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 weeks, 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
  • Vendor management/3rd 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.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 5 PM, Friday, May 18.

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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