Perception vs. Reality: Insights on Healthcare Provider Cybersecurity

Thursday, December 1st, 2022 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT

The majority of healthcare providers have increased their cybersecurity budgets in the last year, seeking to protect patient outcomes and remain compliant with evolving regulations.

But ClearDATA's report, "A False Sense of Cybersecurity," illustrates there are conflicting reports of confidence among IT leaders. The report also gleans insights on, funding, preventative actions, and prioritization across from more than 200 respondents in IT and security leadership roles.

During this webinar, participants will discuss investments, practices and vulnerabilities within the cybersecurity and compliance space and the healthcare provider industry.

Key takeaways from the discussion:
  • Health providers may overestimate their level of cloud maturity and cybersecurity preparedness
  • Cybersecurity is a top priority for midsize healthcare providers — but it's also the top barrier to cloud adoption
  • Larger provider organizations and those with more advanced cloud maturity primarily outsource their security and compliance solutions



Chris Akeroyd

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Children’s Health

Chris Akeroyd serves as Senior Vice President, Information Services and Chief Information Officer (CIO) and is responsible for leading all efforts of the Information Services groups in the organization. His oversight encompasses Digital Strategy, Enterprise IS Strategy, Innovation, Cybersecurity, and Healthcare Technology Management.

Chris joined the Children’s Health team in 2015. With over 25 years of multi-industry IT leadership experience, Chris is responsible for ensuring optimal enterprise business strategy while maintaining oversight and awareness of current and emerging digital realities, opportunities, and threats. At Children’s Health, Chris serves as a champion in the organization’s overall enterprise digital business enablement, bringing knowledge of current trends and best practices, while leading his team to deliver on Children’s Health future vision of leveraging information and technology in business model design, products, and services development.

Prior to joining Children’s Health, Chris served as Director for technology at UMC Health System in Lubbock, Vice President and CIO for a national mortgage company, and Director of Technology operations for the North American and Philippine divisions of a global telecommunications organization. Chris received his Bachelors in Computer
Science from Texas Tech University.

Chris Bowen

Chris Bowen

Founder and Chief Information Security Officer, ClearDATA

Chris is Founder and Chief Information Security Officer at ClearDATA. He leads ClearDATA’s internal privacy, security and compliance strategies as well as advises on the security and privacy risks faced by customers, which include global healthcare organizations, health insurance companies, providers, life science companies, and market leading innovators from Asia Pacific, North America, and Europe. Mr. Bowen also leads ClearDATA’s international security risk consulting practice and has provided counsel to some of the world’s largest healthcare organizations. 

Chris is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Cloud Security Professional from (ISC)2. As one of the leading experts on patient privacy and health data security, Chris has authored dozens of articles and is a frequent speaker at national healthcare industry events.