AHA names 1st senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk: 5 things to know

The American Hospital Association named John Riggi, a previous employee of the FBI Cyber Division, as its first senior advisor for cybersecurity and risk, the AHA announced Feb. 20.

Here are five things to know about Mr. Riggi.

1. He is an official private sector validator for the White House's Presidential Policy Directive on U.S. Cyber Incident Coordination, which aims to improve public-private sector collaboration to combat cyberthreats to public health and national security.

2. Mr. Riggi spent almost 30 years with the FBI, and was part of the FBI Cyber Division and the agency's Intelligence Division in the Washington Field Office, the New York Office, Joint Terrorism Task Force and High Intensity Financial Crime Area Task Force.

3. During his time at the FBI Cyber Division, Mr. Riggi led a national program to develop partnerships with healthcare and other critical infrastructure sectors to exchange cyberthreat information related to national security.

4. After leaving the FBI, Mr. Riggi led accounting, audit and consulting services firm BDO USA's Cybersecurity and Financial Crimes Practice. In this role, he worked with the AHA to develop the association's cybersecurity education and awareness initiatives.

5. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Boston-based Northeastern University, and is certified in global information assurance. He is also a member of the FBI Agents Association and the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

"Cybersecurity is on the top of every health leader's mind," said AHA President and CEO Richard Pollack. "John is nationally recognized as one of the best experts out there on healthcare cybersecurity. His strong credentials and expertise will go a long way in helping the field strengthen their defenses against rampant cyber and physical threats."

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