Automation of Security: I thought it would be automagical.

Speaker: Sean Murphy, VP & CISO of Premera Blue Cross

Thursday, September 20th, 2018, 6:30 PM

Event Summary

From the perspective of a fellow traveler just starting on a journey we all are sharing, Sean will cuss and discuss the pursuit of automation in security. Topics like Security Automation and Orchestration Response in incident response, continuous implementation (CI)/continuous delivery (CD) in SecDevOps, and automation of onboarding and privilege management are some examples of areas that we will cover. More “How?,” than “How to,” this presentation will also share an overview of how the implementation of an agile work delivery model has improved cybersecurity services and capabilities in one organization. Bring your questions and lessons learned to share.

In addition, ISSA Chapter President Justin White will lead an analysis of the most recent news and discuss how cyber attackers continue to evolve during his monthly Garden Fresh presentation. In this presentation, we will explore the trends that define today’s threat landscape such as recent cyber attacks, intelligence-led insights, and advanced defensive strategies.

Join us for the after meeting soirée with food and drinks at the Islander Restaurant. Plan on bringing a friend!!! This is a great opportunity to network with your peers, introduce your friend and to meet new people: Address 2441 76th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040


Sean Murphy is the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Premera Blue Cross (Seattle, WA).

He is responsible for providing and optimizing an enterprise-wide security program and architecture that minimizes risk, enables business imperatives, and further strengthens the health plan company’s security posture. He works closely with Premera’s leadership team to establish and maintain a comprehensive program to protect employees, information assets and technologies and mature the corporate culture from security awareness to accountability.

He’s a healthcare information security expert, with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Sean retired from the U.S. Air Force (Medical Service Corps) after achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. He has served as CIO and CISO in the military service and private sector at all levels of healthcare organizations. He has served at the forefront of building robust security programs while responding and recovering healthcare organizations from major security events. But his proudest professional accomplishment was his service as a senior mentor to the Afghan National Police Surgeon General’s Office in 2008–2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Sean has a master’s degree in business administration (advanced IT concentration) from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from the University of Maryland. He is a board member of the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS). Sean is a past chairman of the HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee. He is also a noted speaker at a national level and the author of numerous industry whitepapers, articles, and educational materials, including his recent book, “Healthcare Information Security and Privacy,” published in 2015.

Chapter Meeting Time:
Thursday, September 20th, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Community Center at Mercer Island
8236 SE 24th Street Mercer Island, WA 98040

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