Louis Wright, Director of IT Infrastructure & CISO at the University of South Alabama Health (USA Health), overcame significant challenges, including staffing constraints and budget limitations, in his efforts to secure the health system and safeguard patients.

Listen in as Louis and Preston Duren, VP of Cybersecurity Operations at Fortified Health Security, discuss USA Health’s cyber maturity journey and how they navigate the complex, high stakes world of healthcare cybersecurity amidst the rapidly evolving threat landscape.

You’ll learn how USA Health:

  • Optimized their detection and response capabilities
  • Significantly enhanced the maturity of their cybersecurity program
  • Grew their cyber program to better protect patients, amidst common challenges


More about our speakers:

Louis Wright, MBA-PM
Director, IT Infrastructure & CISO

University of South Alabama (USA) Health

Louis is the CISO and Director of IT Infrastructure at the University of South Alabama (USA) Health. As the only academic health system along the upper Gulf Coast, USA Health is one of the region’s leading providers of innovative healthcare through both hospitals and clinic care. Louis Wright earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Information Systems from Spring Hill College and a Master’s in Business Administration and Project Management from Florida Institute of Technology. Louis has over twenty years of experience working with USA Health in the IT medical field. He has helped to implement several significant projects, including building two EMRs, developing an IT Security program, and various other large-scale infrastructure projects for the health system.

Prior to his tenure at USA Health, he worked for Computer Programs and Systems, Inc., providing networking and systems implementation support. In his current role as CISO and Director of IT Infrastructure, Louis often collaborates with leadership within the organization and is responsible for several major innovations, acquisitions, and the implementation of IT technologies and security protocols that support the policies and processes within the health system. These responsibilities helped Louis develop his management and business skills in hopes of becoming a CIO in the healthcare field.


Preston Duren
VP, Cybersecurity Operations
Fortified Health Security

As Vice President of cybersecurity operations, Preston’s responsibilities include leading the Fortified Cybersecurity Operations organization, developing, and overseeing the execution of Fortified’s strategic, tactical, and operational initiatives, as well as maturing and expanding the technology-enabled managed services business lines. As a member of the senior leadership team, his experience in healthcare cybersecurity and managed security services provides a unique understanding of hospital operations and the expanding cyber threat landscape. This combination allows him to develop and implement creative strategies and solutions that maximize value to the company’s clients.