Education Session- IT Security, Are You The Next Healthcare Hack?

September 11, 11:30am, CDT - 1:30pm, CDT

Renaissance Dallas Hotel
2222 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas MarketCenter


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Early Bird deadline is September 3, 2015

Ron Mehring

Chief Information Security Officer
Texas Health Resources

Ron Mehring serves as the chief security officer / director, information security for Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. The system's primary service area includes 16 counties in north-central Texas, home to more than 6.2 million people.

At Texas health Resources, Ron leads IT GRC, security architecture, security operations, and the IT BC DR program.  His current initiatives are focused on improving team performance, improving resiliency management, integrating a threat-management architecture that accounts for present and emerging threats, and maturing a technology risk management program that is aligned with the strategic goals of the organization.

Ron began his career in technology for the United States Marine Corps. After 21 years of military service, Ron retired from the Marine Corps and joined the Department of Veteran Affairs where he led Compliance Assessment teams within the newly formed Oversight & Compliance group. He also served as the Department of Veterans Affairs' Deputy Director for Network & Security Operations.

Ron holds an MBA in Risk Management from NYIT and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). 

Jarrett Kolthoff 


A former Special Agent – U.S. Army Counterintelligence, with over two decades of experience in the field of Information Security, Jarrett stands as one of the industry’s most respected authorities on Cyber Crime, Cyber Terrorism, Cyber Security and Cyber Counterintelligence. A “hands-on, roll up your sleeves” style leader, Jarrett works every day with SpearTip’s cyber counterintelligence operatives to identify, assess, neutralize, exploit and eliminate threats waged against the company’s clients.

 A compelling figure in the courtroom and in depositions, Jarrett’s sincerity and deep understanding of subject matter make him a highly desirable expert witness in cyber crime cases. His civil casework includes investigations and analysis in anti-trust lawsuits, as well as cases involving embezzlement, collusion, intellectual property theft and corporate espionage. A dynamic, personable and persuasive speaker, Jarrett’s ability to communicate complex subjects and theories in easy-to-understand terms makes him a popular speaker at conferences, seminars, workshops, meetings and with the news media. Known for his ability to weave real world stories and memorable narratives into his presentations. Beyond being a leader in his field, Jarrett also stays active in his community, helping others improve both professionally and personally.

Sandra Blanke, Ph.D, CISSP, CRISC

Associate Professor & Director
Center of Cybersecurity Education
Gupta College of Business, University of Dallas

Sandra J. Blanke is a former Verizon Executive with over 20 years in Enterprise Technology and Network Operations.  She joined the University of Dallas – Irving, Texas in 2005 and is an Associate Professor in Cyber Security Education.  Dr. Blanke serves as the Director for the Center of Cyber Security Education and is the Ellis Endowed Chair in Management Technology.  She is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), maintains a Certification in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) and her Ph.D is in Computer and Information Science.

Dr. Blanke teaches courses in CyberSecurity and Emerging Technology for graduate and doctoral students.   She interfaces with corporate clients ensuring the graduate education is firmly grounded in industry needs and provides students an experiential learning experience where they earn a practical graduate education.

Dr. Blanke’s research areas include CyberSecurity, Risk Management, Disaster Recovery, and Emerging Technologies.    Dr. Blanke has published a HIMSS book chapter entitled “A Performance Based Approach to Continuity Planning” and her research has been published in the Journal of Healthcare Management, Home Health Care Management & Practice, Southwest Decision Sciences and the Information Security Journal.

Michael Frederick

VP Assurance Services & Product Development
HITRUST Alliance

Michael Frederick has 20+ years experience in information security.  He is currently the Vice President of Assurance Services and Product Development at HITRUST.  Prior to joining HITRUST he was CEO of The Frederick Group, a professional services firm focused on security risk management in healthcare.  He served as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for eight years at a large healthcare system.  While in this role, he led the organization in becoming the first hospital system to be certified under the HITRUST Common Security Framework™ (CSF) and was the industry lead in the provider space during the development of the CSF. He has been a speaker at numerous security events and has been published on the topics of risk management, applying security practices within an organization, and how to build an effective security organization. Prior to his CISO role, he was a security architect, security manager in industry and a security consultant in various large accounting firms. He has been a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) since 1999.