(ISC)²®’s Dan Waddell Leads Panel of Cyber Experts in Briefing to U.S. House and Senate Senior Staffers

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Session at National Health Sector Fly-in event aimed at educating policy makers on the issues and challenges facing health sector cybersecurity practitioners

“It is encouraging to see the healthcare sector security community rally together in an effort to enhance the ultimate quality of our nation’s information sharing legislation," said Dan Waddell.

(ISC)2® (“ISC-squared”), the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals, with nearly 110,000 members worldwide, today announced the participation of Dan Waddell, CISSP, CAP, PMP, managing director, National Capital Region, (ISC)2 director of U.S. government affairs, and Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) fellow, in a speaking session entitled, “Cybersecurity Intelligence Information Sharing and Risk Management – Policy and Legislation,” at the National Health Sector Fly-In event held yesterday at the U.S. Senate. Mr. Waddell led a panel of cybersecurity experts from government and industry as they discussed how cybersecurity legislation can enable and support healthcare and public health cybersecurity resilience.

Hosted by the Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) and the SCC Cyber Legislation Committee, and sponsored by U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the inaugural National Health Sector Fly-In brought together members of the legislative community, federal leaders from agencies including HHS, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and nationwide healthcare cybersecurity thought leaders. The event featured a series of expert panel and audience discussions focused on the most critical healthcare cybersecurity issues the nation is facing today.

“Today’s session helped to bring legislative stakeholders up to speed on the complexities of securing an evolving healthcare delivery system, the sector’s resource constraints and important considerations for establishing an effective information sharing model,” said Waddell. “It is encouraging to see the healthcare sector security community rally together in an effort to enhance the ultimate quality of our nation’s information sharing legislation.”

“With the attack surface in today’s healthcare environment increasing in size and complexity, this Fly-In is important in elevating the legislative community's understanding of the security and privacy challenges facing the health sector,” said Parham Eftekhari, co-founder & sr. fellow of ICIT whose organization is a member of the SCC and co-coordinator of the meeting. “As the only security training association on today's agenda, (ISC)2's involvement ensured that attendees understood the critical role that a well-trained cyber workforce plays in securing our nation's critical infrastructure sectors.”

Mr. Waddell also contributed to a brief titled, "Progress as Two Steps Forward and One Step Back: Analysis of H.R. 1560 Title I and Title II (H.R. 1731),” that was issued on May 27, 2015 to members of the House and Senate, federal agencies and other critical infrastructure sector leaders. The brief provides insights on several aspects of the Protecting Cyber Networks Act and National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act in hopes that these and other pieces of cybersecurity legislation will become areas of focus once the crisis over the expiring Patriot Act authorities is resolved. To download a copy of the brief, go to: http://icitech.org/analysis-of-h-r-1560-title-i-protecting-cyber-networks-act-and-title-ii-national-cybersecurity-protection-advancement-act/

About (ISC)²
Formed in 1989, (ISC)² is the largest not-for-profit membership body of certified information and software security professionals worldwide, with nearly 110,000 members in more than 160 countries. Globally recognized as the Gold Standard, (ISC)² issues the Certified Authorization Professional (CAP), Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSPSM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and related concentrations, Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPPSM) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) credentials to qualifying candidates. (ISC)²’s certifications are among the first information technology credentials to meet the stringent requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024, a global benchmark for assessing and certifying personnel. (ISC)² also offers education programs and services based on its CBK®, a compendium of information and software security topics. More information is available at http://www.isc2.org.

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