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Richard Staynings
Saving lives through cybersecurity
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We all know that medical data is sensitive personal information, which we would not like to have falling into the wrong hands.

Along with the progress of digitalisation in healthcare, the number of cyberattacks towards this particular sector has dramatically increased over the past years.

The ultimate risk?

Slowed or even paralysed hospitals, with lives lost as a consequence.

Since all of this happens in the background, it’s hard to grasp the severity of the situation, and the majority of us are not equipped with the expertise to understand how those events actually unfold.

With decades of experience as a healthcare Chief Information Security Officer and current Chief Security Strategist at Cylera, Richard Staynings has seen firsthand the devastating consequences of such attacks on patients, providers, and organizations. But he's also a firm believer that with the right strategies, tools, and mindset, we can win the war against cyber threats in healthcare.

In this episode, we dive headfirst into the high-stakes world of healthcare cybersecurity with one of the industry's most respected voices.

You will learn about:

  • The risks cyberattacks carry for health systems

  • The most common types of cyberattacks in this sector

  • The entities behind those threats

  • What health systems can do to ensure their safety

A conversation packed with eye-opening perspectives and actionable advice for anyone working in healthcare or concerned about its future!


  • 02:14 - introduction on Richard’s background and the mission of Cylera

  • 03:26 - why cybersecurity matters in healthcare

  • 07:58 - the example of WannaCry in the UK

  • 10:46 - the main sources of threat for healthcare systems

  • 29:46 - the approach Cylera takes to safeguard its clients

What we also talked about with Richard:

As mentioned in the episode, you can learn more about Cylera through their website and their approach here.

You can also follow their activities on LinkedIn or Twitter!

For further information about cybersecurity in healthcare, we’d recommend the Blog section from Cylera and the website curated by Richard himself:

If you want to get in touch with Richard, feel free to contact him per email at, on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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