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Cybersecurity Integration a Must, Post-M&A Imperative

Robert Booker Highlights Key Cybersecurity Practices During Mergers
Robert Booker, chief strategy officer, HITRUST

Cybersecurity is no longer a secondary consideration in healthcare M&A. Robert Booker, chief strategy officer at HITRUST, emphasized the importance of thinking about third-party risks and system integration to safeguard sensitive information during and after M&A activities.

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"It's a good reminder that in any change, security leaders have to think about the ramifications of the change and make sure that as the change occurs, we stay on top of that," Booker said.

"We think about third-party risk. We think about understanding how the system comes together and we protect the entire system end to end, not just the company that's acquired or the acquiring company. The whole network around them is at risk, and we have to protect all of it," he said.

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2024, Booker also discussed:

  • Cybersecurity as a core M&A strategy;
  • Ways to address third-party risks;
  • Taking a holistic approach to protect network.

Booker serves as chief strategy officer with HITRUST following 13 years as CISO of UnitedHealth Group. He previously worked at a multinational telecommunications company, leading and supporting information security programs and initiatives for numerous global enterprises in the pharmaceutical and consumer products sectors.

About the Author

Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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