Cybersecurity and Privacy

It’s a Matter of When: Responding to a Ransomware Attack A Tabletop Discussion for Nursing Informatics Professionals

Informatics Nurses and nurse leaders responsible for business continuity and emergency response planning are invited to learn from expert informatics and cybersecurity professionals. Network with other nurse leaders to proactively plan and prepare for targeted healthcare cyber attacks.

Cyber hygiene has emerged as a major healthcare safety concern. Nurses must remain constantly vigilant to protect patient data, medical equipment, employee and organizational information. As with any clinical competency, regular practice and education can help refine skills necessary to protect against the most common threats to medical information. 

This informational tabletop exercise introduces common scenarios to healthcare data security and provides participants a chance to interact with one another and security experts to either begin or fine tune their own cyber response plans.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand short- and long-term impact of major cyber-attacks on nursing practice and steps nursing can take to protect their work.
  • Identify and plan business continuity tasks for mission critical system and resources for unplanned cyber outage events.
  • Takeaway key resources to host nursing-specific planning sessions in your organization with key leaders, clinician stakeholders and technical teams.


  • Nelita Iuppa DNP, MS, BSN, NEA-BC, RN-BC, FHIMSS, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Informatics, Cleveland Clinic Health System, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
  • Robert L. Steele, SHIMSS, Senior Director Clinical Applications, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Melanie Turner, AVP, Health System Information Services, UAB Medicine Enterprise

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