Why nominated: A 22-year industry veteran, Richard La Bella has used many methods to impart the need for cybersecurity on his fellow workers and clients. His first effort was in 1996 when he used L0phtCrack to compromise employee passwords so he could show his boss how important it was to create more complex passwords. This did not go over well at the time with his boss, but it was La Bella’s first exposure into the importance cybersecurity. This in turn led to a career that has seen La Bella earn several certifications and build a career in the field.
Profile: With patient health information considered prized data among cybercriminals, security is a priority. La Bella, who is a cybersecurity team of one at VITAS, must have a fully functional set of tools at his disposal to better safeguard sensitive data. In the past year, he has retired a host of under-performing point-solution security products and moved his organization to an endpoint protection platform that automates protections. As a result, he has been able to enlist IT operations personnel and network engineers within the IT organization to support a stronger security posture without adding complexity or additional headcount.
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