In this episode of Security Nation, we’re joined (for the second time!) by Richard Kaufmann, CISO at Amedisys, a leading provider of home healthcare. He’ll tell us how his company’s aim to heal people at home coincided with hospitals filling up with COVID-19 patients — and how his role as CISO can help (cyber) secure that growing shift into home healthcare.  

And stick around for our Rapid Rundown, where Tod spins a supply chain risk tale for Jen, specifically the drama surrounding the PyPI repository bug.

Richard Kaufmann

“It is now safe to turn off your computer.”  For most of us, this simple message in the late 90’s was a reminder that the operating system processes had stopped and the circuits carrying all of the ‘1’s and ‘0’s were ready to be powered off. For me, it was my first foothold into the information-security arena. Starting at defacing that iconic .JPEG and advancing into running information-security teams across finance, healthcare, and manufacturing organizations, I’ve tried to remove a little bit of entropy in the world via simple solutions to complex problems.

A problem well defined is a problem half solved. In an environment where threat landscapes, frameworks, and shareholder value are constantly changing, the ability to fall back on the fundamentals of logic and computing has become a rare commodity. I like to work with those who have a similar appetite for challenging norms and thinking creatively. This methodology has manifested itself by creating a dialogue between executive non-technical leaders and the boots-on-the-ground engineers that keep enterprises safe from cyber threats. Currently, I’m focused on transforming the approach to cybersecurity within healthcare. By disrupting the “cult of security,” we can increase the quality of patient care, protect the privacy of the data those individuals entrust us with, and innovate for a more effective future.

My daughter is my biggest fan; I enjoy long walks with heavy backpacks; and that inner voice inside my head sounds just like David Goggins.

-Richard Kaufmann, Chief Information Security Officer, Amedisys

Show Notes

From the discussion with Richard:

  • Amedisys: Richard's home healthcare employer
  • S02E06: Our first time around with Richard
  • S02E10: The mentioned episode with Oliver Day

From the Rapid Rundown:

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