Erik Decker, 2017 CISO of the Year

Erik Decker Wins CISO of the YearAs the Chief Security and Privacy Officer at University of Chicago Medicine (UCM), Erik Decker oversees a health system comprised of multiple organizations including the University of Chicago Medical Center, Ingalls Healthcare, and the University of Chicago Physician Practice Group, which is operated within the Biological Sciences Division of the University of Chicago. UCM is a nearly $2 billion-dollar non-profit academic medical center with over 16,000 employees and affiliates having practices located in Chicago’s south and southwest areas, and northwest Indiana.

Winners are determined through a three-phased process that began with an extensive written submission by the nominees, followed by interviews and a scoring process by a panel of their peers. The Judges Panel then submitted the two top nominees to Anders Gustafsson, CEO Zebra Technologies and Thomas Richards, CEO CDW for final consideration. Erik Decker was announced as winner during a breakfast ceremony at the Metropolitan Club of Chicago on October 10, 2017.

In the current business climate, the importance of maintaining a strong cyber security and privacy program has become increasingly important. Where the odds of an organization experiencing a data breach is one in 41 and the average cost of a breach exceeds $3.6 million (Ponemon Institute), the importance of having strong security leadership has become a business imperative. The Chicago-area CISO of the Year Program recognizes the contributions of Security and Privacy leaders to their organizations, to their profession, and to the local community.

The Chicago CISO of the Year Program is sponsored by the Chicago chapters of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), ISACA, FBI-InfraGard, and the Society for Information Management (SIM).

Wayne Johnson Co-Chair
Katie Hanahan Co-Chair
Arlan McMillan Co-Chair, Head of Judges Committee and 2014 CISO of the Year