Business Continuity Management / Disaster Recovery , COVID-19 , Governance & Risk Management

HCA Healthcare's CSO on Leadership Under Fire

Paul Connelly on Lessons from COVID-19, Public Service and 18 Years on the Job
Paul Connelly, CSO, HCA Healthcare

Paul Connelly has been CSO at HCA Healthcare for more than 18 years. But no year has been more trying than this one. What has he learned from the COVID-19 experience and the challenge of accelerating digital transformation amid a pandemic?

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In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Connelly discusses:

  • New telehealth initiatives and other lasting impacts from the pandemic;
  • How his prior career in government prepared him to be a healthcare security leader;
  • Why HCA has produced so many cybersecurity leaders who have becomes CSOs and CISOs elsewhere.

As chief security officer at HCA Healthcare in Nashville, Connelly leads the programs for cybersecurity, privacy, information governance and physical security that protect the company’s 185 hospitals, 1,400 outpatient clinics, 275,000 employees, and 35 million patient care encounters each year. He started his career as an information security analyst at the National Security Agency and spent nine years as information security officer at the White House and six years as a partner leading an information security audit and consulting group at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Tom Field

Tom Field

Senior Vice President, Editorial, ISMG

Field is responsible for all of ISMG's 28 global media properties and its team of journalists. He also helped to develop and lead ISMG's award-winning summit series that has brought together security practitioners and industry influencers from around the world, as well as ISMG's series of exclusive executive roundtables.

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