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John Riggi to Lead Cyber Incident Response Preparedness Sessions at AHHA Conference

Updated: Jul 12, 2022

AHHA is looking forward to welcoming John Riggi as a keynote speaker at its 2022 annual

conference in September. In his presentation, Mr. Riggi will provide a cyber-threat update, discuss high impact ransomware attacks, and lead a discussion on what organizations can do for cyber incident response preparedness.

He will also lead a critical thinking and strategic leadership cyber incident response exercise designed to be highly interactive and based upon real world complex and multi-faceted cyber incidents. It is designed for both technical and non-technical leaders and structured to review overall preparedness, assess incident response plans (IRP), identify gaps, and test strategic leadership decision-making skills under simulated adversarial conditions to mitigate potential risk to care delivery and patient safety.


Mr. Riggi's presentations are sponsored by Critical Insight, a security firm providing Managed Detection and Response, Vulnerability Detection, and Cyber Security Consulting Services with a specialty in the protection and defense of healthcare organizations and critical infrastructure.


John Riggi, having spent nearly 30 years as a highly decorated veteran of the FBI, serves as the first national advisor for cybersecurity and risk for the American Hospital Association and their 5000+ member hospitals. John leverages his distinct cyber, criminal investigation and national security experience at the FBI and CIA to provide trusted strategic cyber and risk advisory services to the nations' hospitals and health systems.

His trusted access to healthcare leaders and government agencies enhances John's unique national perspective on cyber and risk issues and greatly contributes to the AHA’s policy and advocacy efforts. John represented the nation's hospitals in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on cyber threats to hospitals in Dec. 2020. This assisted in the passage of PL 116-321, providing regulatory relief for HIPAA covered

victims of cyber attacks. In 2021, John’s prominent advocacy encouraged the government to raise the investigative priority level of ransomware attacks to equal that of terrorist attacks.

In various leadership roles at the FBI, John served as a representative to the White House Cyber Response Group and a senior representative to the CIA. He also served as the national operations manager for terrorist financing investigations. John also led counterintelligence field surveillance programs in Washington DC and financial crimes and terrorist financing squads in New York City. John ultimately rose to the ranks of the Senior

Executive Service and in that capacity led the FBI Cyber Division national program to develop mission critical partnerships with the healthcare and other critical infrastructure sectors. John held a national strategic role in the investigation of the largest cyber-attacks targeting healthcare and other sectors.

He also served on the NY FBI SWAT Team for eight years. John is the recipient of the FBI Director's Award for Special Achievement in Counterterrorism and the CIA's George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the CIA's highest award in this category. John presents extensively on cybersecurity and risk topics and is frequently interviewed by the media.

Visit the AHHA 2022 Annual Conference event page to learn more and to register today!

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