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Richard Staynings


Richard Staynings is a globally respected public speaker, author, and thought leader for healthcare cybersecurity. He has spent the past 30 years assisting governments, healthcare providers, payers and life sciences organizations navigate the increasing complex world of cybersecurity and patient safety. He has served on various security boards and healthcare working groups, and as a subject matter expert on government Committees of Inquiry into some of the highest profile healthcare breaches.


Richard attained a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Public Policy from the University of Northumbria in the UK and a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management and Policy from the University of Maryland in the US. In addition, he has been awarded various post graduate diplomas and certificates in cybersecurity, public administration, and business.

Professional Background

Richard currently serves as Chief Security Strategist for Cylera, a medical device and HIoT security company, and as Chief Security Officer for Cyber Associates, a global cybersecurity strategy leader. A recovering CISO with more than 25 years’ experience in both cybersecurity leadership and healthcare client consulting, Richard has lived in over 30 countries and delivered innovative solutions to organizations in all of them. Some of his more notable successes include work for: Amgen, Childrens’ National, Cisco, Childrens’ Hospital of Philadelphia, CSC (now split between DxC and General Dynamics), Intermountain Healthcare, PeaceHealth, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Intel, Microsoft, and Zurich Financial, among others.

Motivation for Teaching

Richard has a passion for research and for keeping his finger on the pulse of healthcare cybersecurity. He enjoys presenting his findings and thought leadership at conferences all over the world, to industry leaders, and with his students. This ensures that those who take his classes receive a steady stream of relevant, cutting-edge information to supplement their foundational knowledge. Richard is driven by the need to train and prepare the next generation of healthcare leaders and cybersecurity professionals with the requisite skills to be successful as they advance.

Helping Students Be Successful

Richard challenges his students to be their best. His teaching approach is to combine leading practices in cybersecurity with experience and context. He supplements US-centric course materials with a global view and the pragmatic challenges of bringing about change in policy, governance, and private industry. He is readily available via email and virtual office hours to answer questions, provide guidance, and offer insights from the cybersecurity world.