Axel Wirth, CPHIMS, CISSP, HCISPP, Distinguished Technical Architect, US Healthcare Industry, Symantec

Mr. Wirth’s career spans several decades in the medical device, health IT, and cybersecurity industries. This cross-functional background enabled him to tackle some of the most complex challenges in health technology today – the need to protect sensitive data, secure critical medical device and IT infrastructure, and assure patient safety.

As an expert and advocate on compliance, privacy and security, Wirth has been providing thought leadership to healthcare providers, industry partners, and health technology professionals. He is an active participant in industry organizations and is currently serving on the editorial board of AAMI’s BI&T Magazine and contributes the regular “CyberInsights” column, as well as serves on the HIMSS Privacy & Security Committee.

His background in the healthcare IT and medical device industries includes engineering leadership as well as strategic business development and marketing roles with Siemens, Analogic, Mitra, Agfa, and currently Symantec, where he serves as Distinguished Technical Architect in their healthcare division. He maintains certifications as an information systems security professional (CISSP), a healthcare information security and privacy practitioner (HCISPP), and a professional in health information systems and management professional (CPHIMS). His education includes a BS Electrical Engineering from University of Applied Sciences, Düsseldorf (Germany) and an MS Engineering Management degree from The Gordon Institute of Tufts University.