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Lifespan Names Gaylon Stockman Chief Information Security Officer


Lifespan,Gaylon Stockman Rhode Island’s largest health system, has named Gaylon Stockman as the system’s new chief information security officer. In his role, Stockman will direct development, implementation and oversight of Lifespan’s information technology (IT) security infrastructure in compliance with industry best practices and local, state and federal regulations.

“We’re pleased to have Gaylon join our talented information technology team in this important role,” said Carole Cotter, Lifespan’s chief information officer and senior vice president. “As a health system, we handle extremely sensitive information so maintaining the highest standards of information security is essential and vital to what we do. Gaylon brings extensive experience in this area and will be an asset to our team.”

Prior to joining Lifespan, Stockman was the corporate information security officer at UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, Iowa, where he developed an enterprise-wide security framework for the organization’s more than 24,000 employees, 15 hospitals and 280 clinics. In addition, he was an adjunct professor at William Penn University where he focused on business leadership, programming, HIPAA (the federal law protecting patients’ health information) and information security.

Prior to joining UnityPoint Health, Stockman was the network security and privacy officer for Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala. Among his responsibilities, Stockman managed the risk assessment process, assessed IT security vulnerabilities, oversaw and evaluated the process to determine best practices in IT security, and collaborated with staff to measure the effectiveness of security procedures. He also has served as the senior computer scientist at Analytical Services, Inc., as senior computer scientist and project leader for Science Applications International Corporation, and the program manager for modeling and simulation for Quality Research Modeling, Simulation and Training Group. All are located in Huntsville.

Stockman earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., and his master’s degree in business administration from the American Public University System in Charles Town, W.Va.

Stockman maintains several credentials including: Assurance Security Officer (IASO) Training , Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).

He is a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, the North Alabama Information Systems Security Association, the Alabama Information and Management Systems Society, the Iowa Information Systems Security Association and InfraGard.