CISO Conversations: ‘Moving at the Speed of Medicine’

Endpoint Security , Governance & Risk Management , IT Risk Management

Cris Ewell of UW Medicine on the Challenge of Responding to COVID-19


Cris Ewell, CISO, UW Medicine

Washington state was the initial epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., and Cris Ewell was at the heart of the crisis as CISO of UW Medicine. He shares his insights and lessons learned from supporting caregivers and a remote workforce during the pandemic.

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In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Ewell discusses:

  • The immediate days after the pandemic broke out in Washington state;
  • Challenges and opportunities supporting the remote workforce;
  • How the pandemic response is likely to shape how UW Medicine works in the future.

Ewell, PhD, is CISO at University of Washington Medicine. Previously, he was CISO of Seattle Children’s Hospital. Before that, he served as the director of information security operations at the University of Washington, chief security officer for PEMCO Corp. and chief technology officer for Breakwater Security.

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