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Security Professionals: 

(ISC)2 Quantico Chapter

Professional Development Meeting

September 15th, 2021 at 6:00 PM

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SPEAKER: Ralph Martins

TOPIC: Current Cyber Threats & Vulnerabilities in the Health Sector


Healthcare organizations are under siege in cyberspace. Due to the nature of their operations and the value of the information they contain, healthcare organizations are in the crosshairs of both state and non-state cyber threat actors. Furthermore, modern information and communication technology is such that the compromise of unprepared organizations in any industry is trivial. The COVID-19 pandemic has only provided additional incentives and opportunities to target healthcare. This presentation will cover both basic cybersecurity theory as well as how it applies to modern health sector and public health organizations. It is the intent of this briefing to ensure those in the audience who work in healthcare cybersecurity acquire additional knowledge they can bring back to their jobs and apply on a daily basis. It’s also the intent that anyone in the audience that provides cybersecurity for another industry vertical gains not only a better understanding of how their skills can apply to healthcare, but also improves their knowledge as it applies to their particular industry.


Mr. Martins has twenty-six years of experience serving in the cybersecurity, cyberwarfare and intelligence fields supporting elements of the US Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and healthcare community. He has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, US Cyber Command, the Defense Intelligence Agency and currently is a consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services.

 His military experience includes service as a Marine in Iraq, Africa and Cuba as well as various US domestic locations. Mr. Martins is an Adjunct Cybersecurity professor at Webster University and teaches graduate courses in cyber analytics, threat detection, cyberwarfare and cryptography. He completed his undergraduate degree at George Washington University and holds Masters degrees from George Washington University, American Military University and Harvard University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy at Liberty University.

Mr. Martins has been published in several peer-reviewed journals on the topic of cyberwarfare and he holds the following professional certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Splunk Certified Power User.


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Our Chapter holds monthly Professional Development meetings in Stafford, Virginia. Outside speakers conduct presentations on a variety of topics of interest to (ISC)2 members. Professional Development meetings provide one hour towards (ISC)2 recertification requirements. They are free to Quantico Chapter members. (Guests may attend in-person chapter meetings free twice, and then must either join the chapter or pay a small monthly fee.*)( *Temporarily, online virtual meetings do not apply due to COVID-19.)


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Joseph Irr, CISSP ITILv3

(ISC)² Quantico Chapter


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