CyberScape Health Care

CyberScape Health Care

CyberScape Health Care
CyberScape Health Care
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Virtual Event

The COVID-19 pandemic made health IT more vulnerable than ever as cyberattacks on hospitals, public health organizations and research initiatives soared. This event will highlight the ways federal health IT leaders are securing their networks and sensitive information, and also look back on cyber lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 24, 2021
11:00 am
Virtual event
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CyberScape Health Care





Jim Jones has been a cyber security and digital forensics practitioner, researcher, and educator for over 25 years in industry, government, and academia. That experience drives his teaching, which blends theory and practical applications, and his research, which focuses on the extraction, analysis, and manipulation of full and partial digital artifacts. Jim and his students spend their days (and nights) collecting and analyzing these digital clues and fragments, much like a traditional archaeologist works with old pieces of pottery or a detective works with crime scene evidence. This analysis helps them look backwards in time to understand cyber attacks, find malware infections, detect system and device misuse, and recover lost data. Jim currently serves as the Director and digital forensics lead for Mason's DHS Center of Excellence for Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (

Jim's research funding comes from industry and the US Government. Past and current funded research sponsors include the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the United States Department of Defense (DoD). He has degrees in Systems Engineering (BS), Mathematical Sciences (MS), and Computational Sciences and Informatics (PhD). This formal education is complemented with work experience and extensive self-learning, driven by an insatiable curiosity and a need to know how things work, how they break, and what we can learn from both.

Director, DHS Center of Excellence for Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis, George Mason University

Jessica Wilkerson is a Cyber Policy Advisor with the All Hazards Readiness, Response, and Cybersecurity (ARC) team in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As part of ARC, she examines issues and develops policy related to the safety and effectiveness of connected medical devices. Previously, she worked as the Cybersecurity Research Director for the Linux Foundation, and spent over five years as a congressional staffer with the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, covering cybersecurity issues in the telecommunications, commercial, energy, and health sectors. As part of that work, she examined issues related to coordinated vulnerability disclosure, software supply-chain transparency, legacy technology risks, and cybersecurity governance models, among others. She received a B.A. in Policy Studies and minors in Computer Science and Mathematics from Syracuse University, and is currently pursuing a J.D. from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.

Cyber Policy Advisor, FDA



Opening Remarks

  • Michael Hoffman, President, GovernmentCIO Media & Research

Fireside Chat: Coordinating the Federal Cyber Response for Public Health

  • Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Acting Deputy Secretary, VHA*

IoT and Medical Device Security

As more hospitals and doctors deploy medical devices to serve patients, those devices face increasing cybersecurity risks from bad actors looking to manipulate software through unsecured network connections. Hear from cyber leaders at the VA and FDA about how they’re addressing these risks while keeping pace with health IT innovation.

  • Julia Marders, Associate Director for All-Hazards Readiness, Response Cybersecurity, FDA*
  • Gavin O'Brien, Computer Scientist, NIST*
  • Jessica Wilkerson, Cyber Policy Advisor, FDA

Protecting Medical Data from Ransomware and Theft

Ransomware attacks skyrocketed in recent years, and hospitals are a prime target, suffering hundreds of millions of dollars in damages every year. Federal health IT and cyber leaders are uniquely positioned to address these ransomware challenges. This panel will draw insight from CMS, the VA and more.

  • Jim Jones, Director, DHS Center of Excellence for Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis, George Mason University
  • Bob Kolasky, Lead, National Risk Management Center, CISA*
  • Kevin Robins, Director, Cybersecurity Operations Center, VA*
  • Rob Wood, CISO, CMS

Looking Back: Vaccine Research and COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted an onslaught of cyberattacks against federal and private health organizations across the U.S. as they ramped up services to battle the virus and develop a vaccine. Cyber-focused officials from CISA, HHS, and the VA will look back on their COVID-19 response to cyber threats and discuss lessons learned and how the pandemic shapes health IT cyber policy going forward.

  • Amy Frontz, Deputy IG, Audit Services, Office of the Inspector General, HHS*
  • Matt Hartman, Deputy Executive Assistant Director, CISA*
  • Katie Olson, Deputy Director, Defense Digital Service*
  • Rachel Ramoni, Chief Research and Development Officer, VA*

Closing Remarks

  • Michael Hoffman, President, GovernmentCIO Media & Research