Omar Khawaja

Omar Khawaja

CISO, Highmark Health

Omar has been developing and managing security solutions for startups, service providers, consulting firms and enterprises. He is currently CISO at Highmark Health, an $18 billion integrated health care delivery and financing system, employing 40,000 and serving 50 million Americans. Prior to Highmark Health, he was at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, where he was responsible for a portfolio of security solutions with customers in 72 countries. Omar believes the right people are the greatest asset of any security program and relentless incrementalism is the ultimate weapon in combating cyber risk. He believes security programs should be business driven and technology ought to be subordinate to business outcomes and service improvements. To get the Why-What-How sequence right when selecting and executing initiatives, he developed the BOSITE framework. These days, Omar's passions lie in three areas: people, measurement and change management. Omar currently serves on the boards of: HITRUST, Leadership Pittsburgh, Action Housing and FAIR Institute; on the Governing Body of Evanta; on the CISO Workgroup of BCBSA; and adjunct faculty for the CISO program at Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, he serves as an advisor to half a dozen tech firms. Omar's certifications include: CISSP, CCSK, CCSP, CPHIMS, SAFE Agilist and FAIR Risk. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.


Building a Business-Focused, Customer-Centric Security Program: A Case Study

Presented by Omar Khawaja  •  February 22, 2021

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