Omar Khawaja

VP, Chief Information Security Officer
Highmark Health
Omar Khawaja has spent 15+ years delivering, developing and managing security solutions for startups, service providers, consulting firms and enterprises. Omar is currently VP and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Highmark Health, an integrated health care delivery and financing system, employing more than 35,000 people and serving 40 million Americans in 50 states. Prior to Highmark, Omar was at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, where he had responsibility for their portfolio of security solutions with customers in 72 countries. Omar currently serves on the board of the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), on the Governing Body of Evanta, on the CISO Workgroup of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and as adjunct faculty for the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) program at Carnegie Mellon University. Omar is a regular speaker at industry forums (speaking engagements include RSA Conference, Information Security Forum, Mobile World Conference, Cloud Security Alliance, Carnegie Mellon University / CERT), and has also been quoted in media outlets such as Financial Times, NY Times and CNBC. Omar's certifications include CPHIMS (Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems), CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), and CCSK (Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge). Omar has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.