McCombs School of Business Offers Nation’s First Healthcare-Specific Professional Cybersecurity Certification Program

The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business has launched a unique healthcare-specific professional cybersecurity certificate program. The professional leadership and educational program is the first healthcare oriented cybersecurity certification program to be offered in the United States.

The Leadership in Healthcare Privacy and Security Risk Management program aligns with the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and will equip individuals with the knowledge and leadership skills they will need to effectively manage cyber risks faced by the healthcare industry.

Figures from the (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study indicate the cybersecurity workforce gap is growing and there will be 1.8 million unfilled cybersecurity positions in 2022. The new certification program will help to address that shortfall in trained cybersecurity personnel, which is hampering many healthcare organizations’ efforts to address privacy and security risks.

The new course was developed in collaboration with the cybersecurity industry, healthcare privacy and security experts, and government agencies and is focused on risk management in the healthcare industry. The course aims to teach the necessary cybersecurity, risk assessment, and problem-solving skills to meet the needs of healthcare providers, vendors serving the healthcare industry, and government agencies.

The 8-week course will equip students with problem solving competencies and provide them with experience of healthcare security technologies through practical exercises and case studies. Tuition will be provided by experienced healthcare technology educators and cross-sector privacy and security experts. The course comprises of multiple thematic modules to provide students with core healthcare and privacy & security knowledge, processes to ensure organizational safety and security, policies and governance in healthcare entities, enterprise risk management and leadership in healthcare, along with practical applications of healthcare privacy and security.

The program will be constantly updated based on feedback from members of the privacy and cybersecurity industry on real-world cyber threats to ensure the program remains current and relevant.

The new program has been endorsed by the Texas Hospital Association, CynergisTek, and Clearwater Compliance. “What is unique about this curriculum is that they have integrated cybersecurity knowledge so that graduates of this program not only prepare themselves for a career in healthcare by learning practical skills, but they learn about where cybersecurity is important and why they need to understand it to be successful,” said Mac McMillan, co-founder and CEO of CynergisTek, Inc. “These are the type of visionary programs we need more of if we are going to close this gap in cybersecurity skills.”

The course is aimed at experienced professionals in cybersecurity, health IT, risk management, clinical professions, and information technology who are looking to move into non-technical leadership positions in healthcare privacy and security. The program will commence in July 2020.

Author: Steve Alder has many years of experience as a journalist, and comes from a background in market research. He is a specialist on legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA. Steve holds a B.Sc. from the University of Liverpool.