FireEye Senior Threat intelligence Executive Dan McWhorter Named to Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force
Group to Share Information to Improve Security of Data and Connected Devices
Milpitas, Calif. – April 11, 2016 – FireEye, Inc., the leader in stopping today’s advanced cyber attacks, today announced Dan McWhorter, FireEye VP and Chief Intelligence Strategist, was named to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force. This Task Force was established by the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, which, among other things, seeks to improve the nation’s cybersecurity through enhanced sharing of information related to cyber threats. The Task Force is charged with evaluating the best ways for organizations to keep data and connected medical devices safe and secure and will report its findings to Congress and share its recommendations with health care organizations.
“Every day, we see firsthand the impact of cyber attackers who infiltrate computer networks and steal vital information and patient data, and the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force plays an important part in reducing the risks facing on our health care community,” said David DeWalt, FireEye Chairman of the Board and CEO. “FireEye understands that this threat is very real – as are the consequences – and Dan McWhorter’s inclusion underscores both his own personal expertise and our company’s leadership in countering these attacks.”
“In my role with FireEye, I work closely with the teams that both respond to devastating cyber breaches and protect and defend organizations from attack, which provides me with great insight on how to improve the cybersecurity posture of a variety of organizations including those in the health care sector,” McWhorter said.
McWhorter joined FireEye in 2013, when the company acquired Mandiant, where he led the threat intelligence business. FireEye and Mandiant have provided incident response services and cyber defense products to many of the largest pharmaceuticals, hospitals, device manufacturers, insurers, and health care support organizations. In support of the company’s work with these organizations, McWhorter and the threat intelligence team acquire and analyze breach data, becoming experts on each attacker’s tactics and motivations.
McWhorter, who routinely advises boards and c-level executives in the health care community, recently gave the cybersecurity track keynote at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference earlier this year.
Task Force members represent a wide variety of organizations within the health care and public health sector, including hospitals, insurers, patient advocates, security researchers, pharmacy and pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, health information technology developers and vendors, and laboratories. Many of the members are chief information security officers or senior security executives within their organizations, while others have expertise in clinical medicine, software development, information security, and related fields.
Task Force members are selected based on recommendations from a panel of subject matter experts from HHS, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Task Force seeks members who:
- Serve in a position of influence in an organization that is representative of a component of the broad health care and public health sector;
- Have experience in dealing with technical, administrative, management, and/or legal aspects of health information security;
- Demonstrate knowledge of major health information security policies, best practices, organizations, and trends
The Task Force is scheduled to hold four in-person meetings over the course of the year.
About FireEye, Inc.
FireEye has invented a purpose-built, virtual machine-based security platform that provides real-time threat protection to enterprises and governments worldwide against the next generation of cyber attacks. These highly sophisticated cyber attacks easily circumvent traditional signature-based defenses, such as next-generation firewalls, IPS, anti-virus, and gateways. The FireEye Threat Prevention Platform provides real-time, dynamic threat protection without the use of signatures to protect an organization across the primary threat vectors and across the different stages of an attack life cycle. The core of the FireEye platform is a virtual execution engine, complemented by dynamic threat intelligence, to identify and block cyber attacks in real time. FireEye has over 4,400 customers across 67 countries, including more than 680 of the Forbes Global 2000.
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