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Nitin Natarajan

Secure Our Healthcare: How to Beat the Computer


Nitin Natarajan was appointed as the Deputy Director for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on February 16, 2021. Prior to joining CISA, Natarajan served in a variety of public and private sector positions spanning over 30 years.


Most recently he served as a consulting firm executive, providing subject matter expertise on a variety of national security topics. Natarajan also held a number of federal government roles, including Deputy Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Director of Critical Infrastructure Policy at the White House/National Security Council, and a Director at the U.S. Health and Human Services overseeing healthcare and public health programs.


At the beginning of his career, Natarajan spent 13 years as a first responder in New York, which included service as a flight paramedic. He was the Commander of a federal medical response team based in New York and has extensive experience deploying to natural and man-made disasters throughout the nation.


He holds an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York and a graduate degree from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.


Imagine you start your 12-hour shift at the hospital and when you go to look at the patient records for the night you realize that you can’t access the records or order critical medical care. The system has been hacked…. For organizations in the Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) sector, exposure of vulnerabilities can result in detrimental cyber activity that can compromise the integrity of HPH systems, functions, and patient data. Join Deputy Director Nitin Natarajan from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as he discusses how CISA is working with other government agencies to help all HPH organizations prevent malicious cyber activity. Additionally, Natarajan will discuss CISA’s Mitigation Guide for the HPH sector, the online toolkit provided by both CISA and Health and Human Services, and CISA’s free resources.

Nitin Natarajan
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