Join us for an event not to be missed! In the morning you will hear from health care leaders about their experiences with cyber attacks.

In the afternoon industry experts will share their insight into minimizing the risk of attacks and steps to take once an attack has occured.

To allow for greater accessibility, and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this event is being delivered as an in-person conference and live webcast.


This conference is produced by Spark Conferences in collaboration with:

Media Partners

Who is this conference for?

Health Care Information Technology Leaders
Health Care Executives (CEOs, VPs) and Board Members
Health Emergency Preparedness Professionals
Health Care Risk Professionals

Making the decision to prioritize and resource cybersecurity in health care will require organizational culture shifts and increased support and direction from leadership, as well as changes to the way providers perform their duties in clinical environments.

Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, Report on Improving Health Care Industry Cybersecurity.

Why should you attend?


into other organizations’ cyber attack stories and lessons learned.



information about your cybersecurity resources, challenges, and ideas to strengthen the cyber resilience of the health care sector.



with experts in this field. Make new contacts and discover new opportunities.

2020 Agenda

08:15 AM - 09:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Brendan Kwolek
Director, ICT
Halton Healthcare

09:00 AM - 09:45 AM
Session 1

Attack Response Solutions: How to Prevent Attacks and Build an Effective Cyber Hygiene Culture

BridgeCare Health Network in Colorado receives thousands of attacks over the course of a week but have built robust solutions to prevent the attacks from penetrating their secure systems. With 91% of all ransomware attacks executed through phishing, having a culture that is alert to threats, is an essential component in your front line defence of cyber-attacks. In this session learn how to:

· Understand when an attack is taking place and act quickly to prevent a breach

· Learn how BridgeCare developed a strategy for prevent breaches

· Provide the leadership support – and training – necessary to create a cyber tuned culture

Michael Archuleta
Chief Information Officer
Information Security Officer
Mt. San Rafael Hospital

09:45 AM - 10:30 AM
Session 2

Case Study TBA


10:30 AM - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Session 3

Cyber Security and Working From Home: Lessons Learned From COVID 19

The COVID 19 outbreak created an unprecedented case study in remote working. With businesses shuttering during the downturn, and hospital staff working both onsite and remotely, attacks still

occurred, and the opportunity for security breaches were increased. What did we learn from front lines of cyber security?

· How did training occur, and how effective was it?

· How did phishing attacks take place and how where they prevented?

· How was sensitive and patient data protected during remote access?


11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Session 4 - Panel Session

IT Solutions Panel: Tools, Tricks, and Technologies To Combat Cyber Threats

Although your staff are your front line of defence, they also need the tools to act in the most effective manner possible. Join us for a rapid-fire solutions panel, where technology providers will show how they – and you – can protect yourself against cyber attacks. This exclusive moderated panel will give each panelist 5 minutes to present their case.

Speakers TBA

Brendan Kwolek
Director, ICT
Halton Healthcare

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 01:15 PM
Session 5

Incident Response: Mandatory Reporting Obligations, Best Practices and Tribunal Processes of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC)

There remains much confusion over what organizations need to do once they experience an attack. In Ontario, health information custodians must report to the IPC where personal health information is subject to a ransomware or other malware attack. Custodians also have a duty to notify individuals whose privacy has been breached. Understand custodian’s obligations, as we go over:

· What must be reported, how and when?

· Guidance on responding to a ransomware attack.

· What are the IPC’s processes where an attack is reported.

Brendan Gray
Health Law Counsel
Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

01:15 PM - 02:00 PM
Session 6

Hacking Demonstration: Understand How an Attack Occurs and How it Moves Through Your Systems

Most healthcare professionals know about hacks, but very few have seen what one looks like in the moments it’s happening. This demonstration will take you through the various stages of an attack, from the initiation infection to the pathway it takes to shut down systems, machines, restarts, encryption and data collection. This valuable session will arm you with the knowledge you need to understand the way

attacks occur, and how you can build your systems to mitigate their effectiveness and defend against them. Some of the examples we will explore include:

· The attack pathway

· Shutting down and taking over medical devices, such as MRIs

· Gaining access to patient records, encrypting them for ransom, or stealing them

· And many other examples!

Yousif Nakkash
Network Systems Support, Department of Computer Science
Ryerson University

02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Session 7

Attack Simulation: How To Respond Hour by Hour

When attacks occur, you must react quickly to maximize your effectiveness. To understand what an effective response looks like, HIROC will show how you should respond in real time, including:

· Which steps you should take, and in which order

· How to initiate the response, and how to mobilize your team

· How to seal off and protect sensitive data

· How to report the attack up the chain

Kopiha Nathan
Privacy and Compliance Officer

03:00 PM - 03:45 PM
Session 8

Cyber Attacks and Risk: Understand How To Protect Yourself From Attacks and Class Action

Recent events surrounding various healthcare organizations have highlighted the risks and vulnerabilities that go to the heart of healthcare providers. Health records are extremely valuable, and therefore a target for many hackers. From ransomware, to extortion, and selling information on the dark web, stealing patient records is becoming big business. Hear stories from a legal team on the front lines and learn what you can do to protect yourself.

· What proactive steps can you take before and after a breach to try to dissuade legal action, or pre-empt a successful claim?

· How have the courts responded to proposed class actions against health care providers who have been subjected to data breaches?

· What kinds of remedies do class members seek, and what have they been successful in achieving?

Margaret Waddell
Founding Partner & COO
Waddell Phillips Barristers

03:45 PM - 04:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Brendan Kwolek
Director, ICT
Halton Healthcare

On-Going Call for Speakers

This is your opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with other IT professionals in the Health Care Industry. The conference sessions are 45 minutes in length and include at least 20 minutes of audience participation in the form of questions and answers.

The proposals of interest will be focused on:

  • Case studies: cyber attacks at different organizations
  • Cyber security solutions
  • Interal and external communications after a cyber breach

Please email us at info@sparkconferences.com to receive more information.

Presenters receive a free registration to the conference.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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Meet our roster of speakers

Michael Archuleta

Chief Information Officer, Information Security Officer, Mt. San Rafael Hospital

Brendan Gray

Health Law Counsel, Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Yousif Nakkash

Network Systems Support, Department of Computer Science, Ryerson University

Kopiha Nathan

Privacy and Compliance Officer, HIROC

Margaret Waddell

Founding Partner & COO, Waddell Phillips Barristers

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To allow for greater accessibility, and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this event is being delivered as an in-person conference and live webcast.
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This program is open exclusively to health care organizations and government organizations and non-for-profit associations related to health care. If you are not from such an organization and are interested in participating, please contact us at info@sparkconferences.com for consideration. If you are not from a health care provider organization and are interested in participating in this program as a sponsor, please email info@sparkconferences.com.

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