TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 20, 2018) — Moffitt Cancer Center’s chief information security officer will join an elite group of experts charged with protecting and enhancing national cybersecurity. Dave Summitt has been named a Fellow of the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), the nation’s leading cybersecurity think tank. The institute focuses on safeguarding national security, economic security, and national public health and safety under the Department of Homeland Security. As an ICIT Fellow, Summitt will share his expertise with the cyber and national security community by participating in thought leadership and educational engagements.
“It is an honor to be accepted as a fellow to the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology and a tremendous opportunity to advance a mission that I believe in,” said Summitt. “My passion within the cyber realm grows daily, and with the impact it has on everyone, I have a unique opportunity to provide input into cyberoperations management and cybereducation, as well as influence the future generation of those who are just as passionate as I am.”
Millions of cyberattacks happen every day and they cost the global economy more than $400 billion a year. Each month, new security threats bombard computer networks around the globe, and the health care field continues to be a prime target. Summitt says hackers are constantly changing their strategies and getting more sophisticated every day.
ICIT provides objective, nonpartisan advisory to the Senate, House of Representatives, and federal government leaders in civilian, defense and intelligence agencies. Research conducted in ICIT’s labs, and distributed through its publications, is used by United States leaders, embassies, allied governments, and critical infrastructure operators around the globe.
“We could not be more excited to have Dave join the ICIT Fellows Program,” said Parham Eftekhari, executive director of ICIT. “As a widely respected cybersecurity leader in the healthcare sector, his expertise and in-the-trenches experience will be invaluable in our efforts to educate public and private sector practitioners and support the mission of the Institute.”
Summitt has been with Moffitt since 2015. He has more than 30 years of experience in the technology field, with over 13 years working directly in cybersecurity.
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The Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C., is the nation’s leading cybersecurity think tank. ICIT’s mission is to cultivate cybersecurity renaissance that will improve the resiliency of our Nation’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors, defend our democratic institutions, and empower generations of cyber security leaders. ICIT accomplishes their mission by providing objective nonpartisan research, advisory, and education to legislative, commercial, and public-sector cybersecurity stakeholders around the nation. For more information, visit icitech.org.