Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer
Premera Blue Cross
Sean Murphy is the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Premera Blue Cross (Seattle, WA).
He is responsible for providing and optimizing an enterprise-wide security program and architecture that minimizes risk, enables business imperatives, and further strengthens the health plan company’s security posture. He works closely with Premera’s leadership team to establish and maintain a comprehensive program to protect employees, information assets and technologies and mature the corporate culture from security awareness to accountability.
He’s a healthcare information security expert, with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Sean retired from the U.S. Air Force (Medical Service Corps) after achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. He has served as CIO and CISO in the military service and private sector at all levels of healthcare organizations. He has served at the forefront of building robust security programs while responding and recovering healthcare organizations from major security events. But his proudest professional accomplishment was his service as a senior mentor to the Afghan National Police Surgeon General’s Office in 2008–2009 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Sean has a master’s degree in business administration (advanced IT concentration) from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from the University of Maryland. He is a board member of the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS). Sean is a past chairman of the HIMSS Privacy and Security Committee. He is also a noted speaker at a national level and the author of numerous industry whitepapers, articles, and educational materials, including his recent book, “Healthcare Information Security and Privacy,” published in 2015.