Dave SummittTAMPA, Fla. – Sitting on a shelf in Dave Summitt’s office are two glass trophies that quietly applaud the ongoing effort of his team’s commitment to protecting the computer networks of Moffitt Cancer Center.

In March, Moffitt’s Chief Information Security Officer was awarded the Information Security Executive® Southeast People’s Choice Award for 2017, and his department’s Security Operations Center was nominated as a leading project.

“It was a pleasant surprise,” says Summitt, who was quick to credit Moffitt’s entire cybersecurity team for the recognitions. “This shows that Moffitt is an emerging leader in the cybersecurity world, and honestly there are not many health care facilities recognized in this field.”

Each month, new security threats bombard computer networks around the globe, and the health care field continues to be a prime target. Summitt has personally witnessed the evolution of those cyberattacks in his 12 years as a cybersecurity specialist. Since 2015, he has used his expertise to protect Moffitt’s patients and team members.

The award was presented at the ISE® Southeast Executive Forum and Awards Gala on March 14 in Atlanta. It is sponsored by T.E.N., an Atlanta-based technology and information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm. Summitt was chosen for his award by Southeast ISE® nominees for his outstanding leadership role and positive impact through risk management, data asset protection, regulatory compliance, privacy and information security.

“It is all about the team effort and staying on offense,” says Summitt, who spent 21 years of his career with the Department of Defense before focusing on cybersecurity in the health care field. “We have to take a proactive stance and watch for cybersecurity threats and instances.”

According to Summitt, some of the most common threats to health care cybersecurity are phishing emails, ransomware and scanning events. Hackers are constantly changing their strategies, and Summitt takes pride in his team’s ability to stay one step ahead to ensure Moffitt’s computer systems are protected.

“Moffitt leadership recognizes that we are protecting the safety of our patients and our team members,” Summitt says. “And continuing this protection extends beyond my team. It involves every team member at Moffitt who should report anything suspicious.”

Eligible nominees for the awards, including the ISE® Southeast Award for the Executive and Project categories, are selected from the U.S. Southeast region including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Moffitt was among a list of nominees that included heavy-hitters like AFLAC, The Home Depot, Bank of America and Tractor Supply Company.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube