Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer
Paul Connelly is Vice President of Information Protection & Security and Chief Information Security Officer for HCA Healthcare, the largest private healthcare provider in the United States. HCA owns and operates 179 hospitals and more than a thousand urgent care centers, physician practices, and other facilities across the US and in the UK. Paul leads the program and teams responsible for Cybersecurity, Physical Security, Privacy, Information Lifecycle Management, and Identity & Access for all HCA business units and facilities. Paul started as an information security analyst at the National Security Agency in 1984, spent nine years as Chief Information Security Officer at the White House, and six years as a partner leading a Washington, DC-based information security consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has led HCA’s program since 2002. Highlights of Paul’s career include: • The first Chief Information Security Officer at the White House, serving under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton • The first civilian Presidential Communications Officer, leading communications and emergency support for the President during travel throughout the world. • Inducted into the White House Communications Agency Hall of Fame, 1998 • Winner of the top award for Information Security in the federal government (the Frank B. Rowlett Trophy), 1992 • Winner of the top award for Information Security in the private sector for North America (Information Security Executive of the Year), 2009 • 18 individuals from Paul’s teams have been selected as Chief Information Security Officers at other organizations • Leadership Nashville class of 2018 Paul has obtained the Certified Information Systems Security Professional and the National Security Agency’s Information Systems Security Professional certifications. He completed the Naval War College National Security Studies program. Paul has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Resource Economics from the University of Florida.