Sisu Healthcare IT Solutions has hired Steve Lawlor, CISSP, as its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
In his role as CISO, Lawlor will work with Sisu’s rural healthcare facility and critical access hospital clients to continue to deliver HIPAA-compliant IT solutions, which maintain the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI) and guard against cyberthreats, including ransomware.
Lawlor will report directly to Kris Olberg, Sisu’s CIO/CTO.
"I’m pleased to welcome Steve to the Sisu team," commented Olberg. "Steve and I worked together previously to design and implement security controls that addressed healthcare security and privacy regulations. Steve will be a formidable asset to our customers in continuing to deliver the secure solutions they need to stay compliant and keep their patient information safe."
Lawlor has worked exclusively in healthcare IT for over 20 years. He focused his career on helping organizations keep their PHI secure, as well as delivering secure solutions including PCI-compliant environments. He holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification from (ISC)² and an MBA from Butler University.
"The threat landscape has changed significantly over the last ten years, and the value of PHI has skyrocketed," commented Lawlor. "I’m looking forward to working with our customers to enact best-in-class security measures to continue to mitigate these emerging threats."
Recent research from the Ponemon Institute has revealed that criminal attacks in healthcare are up 125 percent since 2010 and are now the leading cause of data breach. Additionally, Reuters has reported that medical information is worth ten times as much as credit card data.
"The reality of rural health is that these facilities have enough on their plates," added Lawlor. "They’re serving a population that’s sicker and older than their metropolitan counterparts, and many facilities are simply trying to survive in the face of closure. If we can help lighten their load in terms of meeting government requirements and keeping their private information secure, then we’ve done our job."
For more information on this story—or to discover how Sisu can help your healthcare organization thrive—contact: