Erik DeckerChief Security & Privacy Officer
The University of Chicago Medicine

Erik Decker is the Chief Security and Privacy Officer for the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM), and is responsible for its cybersecurity, identity and access management and HIPAA privacy programs. Erik has 17 years of experience within information technology, with 11 years focused on information security. Throughout his career he has leveraged greenfield opportunities to establish two information security programs and an identity and access management program.

Erik is the current vice chair of the AEHIS Board, and joined AEHIS in 2015. Within AEHIS, he is the Chair of the Public Policy Committee.

With a passion to educate the new workforce, in his spare time Erik has served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University teaching HIPAA privacy and security, as well as presented at many forums throughout the years with topics specific to cybersecurity challenges within academic medical centers.

Prior to his time at UCM, Erik served in a similar role at Columbia University Medical center in New York, NY, and Loyola University in Chicago before that.

Erik has a Master’s of Science in Information Technology from Loyola University in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana in Cell and Structural Biology.