San Francisco, CA
May 11-12, 2017

George DeCesare

Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Risk Officer
Kaiser Permanente

George DeCesare serves as Kaiser Permanente’s SVP, chief technology risk officer and is responsible for leading the Cyber Security, National IT Compliance and Technology Risk Management organizations. In this position he is responsible for maintaining the security and integrity of KP systems, networks and data, ensuring regulatory compliance in the IT space, and managing the broad spectrum of technology risks. George joined Kaiser Permanente in 2015 following a 20+ year career with Dignity Health. While with Dignity Health he held various positions, including in-house counsel, director of IT Compliance and Security, and Information Technology Officer. Most recently he held the position of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Among his many accomplishments in this role, George designed and implemented Dignity Health’s data security program, which included strategy, framework, policies, procedures, and standards to address business and regulatory needs. George graduated from Northwestern California University with a Juris Doctor degree and holds a long list of professional certifications.

May 11, 2017
9:05am - 9:50am
Grand Ballroom

When it comes to healthcare information security, few have a bigger threat landscape to secure than George DeCesare, senior vice president and chief technology risk officer for Kaiser Permanent. As of 2016, Kaiser had had 10.2 million health plan health members, 186,497 employees, 18,652 physicians, 51,010 nurses, 38 medical centers, 622 medical offices, and $60.7 billion in operating revenue.

DeCesare leads the healthcare giant’s cyber security, technology risk and compliance, and identity and access management initiatives. He makes sure that as healthcare grows increasingly dependent on technology and digital information, Kaiser Permanente remains innovative, proactive, and agile in managing its information technology risks.

In his opening keynote, DeCesare will explain how he leads the charge to do just that. In a talk peppered with best practices and practical advice, DeCesare will examine healthcare’s current threat landscape and give a high-level overview of how Kaiser approaches cyber security, manages risk and communicates those risks to board members in business terms they understand.

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