About Us

Fortified Health Security is a cybersecurity firm 100% focused on serving the healthcare market.

We are a recognized leader in cybersecurity. By partnering with healthcare organizations through a host of managed service offerings and technical security solutions, Fortified focuses on strengthening our client’s security posture over time. We work closely with organizations to assess risks, implement safeguards to protect sensitive information, and assist with compliance to state, HIPAA and other federal regulations. Our sole focus on healthcare helps clients of any size across the healthcare continuum build a security program specific to the maturity, business, cultural, and clinical requirements of their organization.

In 2018, we were named North American Healthcare IoT Company of The Year by Frost & Sullivan and a Top Provider of Medical Device & IoT Cybersecurity Solutions by Black Book Market Research for our strong overall performance and impressive portfolio of healthcare cybersecurity solutions.

Our Mission

To empower every healthcare organization with the most effective solutions to mitigate cybersecurity and compliance risks.

Our Vision

To strengthen the cybersecurity posture of healthcare.

Our Values
Integrity
Innovation
Foresight
Commitment
Collaboration
Leadership

Meet the the Fortified team of healthcare and cybersecurity experts who are committed to partnering with you to usher you from compliance to confidence.

Dan L. Dodson
President
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Dan L. Dodson
President

Dan L. Dodson serves as President of Fortified Health Security where he helps healthcare organizations effectively develop the best path forward for their security program based on their unique situation. Dan and his team partner with clients to strengthen their overall security program by assessing not only risks, but also the financial, clinical, cultural and regulatory implementations of their current security program, empowering each organization with the most effective solutions to mitigate cybersecurity and compliance risks.

Prior to joining Fortified, Dan served as Executive Vice President for Santa Rosa Consulting, a healthcare focused IT consulting firm, where he led various business units as well as the sales organization. He also served as Global Healthcare Strategy Lead for Dell Services (formerly Perot Systems), where he was responsible for strategy, business planning and M&A initiatives for the company’s healthcare services business unit. Dan also held positions within other healthcare and insurance organizations including Covenant Health System, The Parker Group, and Hooper Holmes.

A thought leader in the healthcare cybersecurity space, Dan has been featured in Becker’s Hospital Review, Healthcare Business Today, Healthcare Innovation News and other media outlets. He has also spoken at industry-leading events and conferences including HIT Summits, CHIME and HIMSS events. He currently serves on the Southern Methodist University Cyber Advisory Board. Dan holds a M.B.A. in Health Organization Management and a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Texas Tech University.

William Crank
Chief Operating Officer
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William Crank
Chief Operating Officer

William serves as Chief Operating Officer for Fortified Health Security where his responsibilities include enhancing the company’s services, delivery model, and security operations center. As a member of the executive committee, William works to streamline operations among the sales, solution architect, account management, and customer success teams in addition to continually enhancing Fortified’s expertise by attracting, training, and retaining top security talent.

Prior to his role as COO, William was the chief information security officer (CISO) at MEDHOST, a provider of market-leading enterprise, departmental, and healthcare engagement solutions.  He has decades of information technology and security experience that include managing the Information Security Risk Management (ISRM) team at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), where he led a team of Information Security professionals who managed compliance and information security risk and developed and implemented an operational risk management model

William retired after serving 20+ years from the United States Navy.  He currently holds multiple certifications in the areas of Information Security and Information Technology.  William has also served as Sponsorship/Programs Director and Vice President of the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).

Ben Dyar
Virtual Information Security Program (VISP)
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Ben Dyar
Virtual Information Security Program (VISP)

Ben Dyar leads our Virtual Information Security Program (VISP) where he and his team are responsible for working with our VISP clients to increase their security posture over time. With over 20 years of experience in healthcare, security, and information technology for both the provider and payer landscapes, Ben brings a hands-on approach in partnering with his clients in the protection of their enterprise and patient data systems and is currently providing interim CISO duties for multi-hospital and business associate entities.

Prior to joining Fortified, Ben served as a Senior Consultant and HIPAA Compliance lead for Santa Rosa Consulting. He managed and delivered HIPAA Security Risk Analyses and Corrective Action Planning for Hospitals, IDNs, Business Associates, HIEs, and Big-Data Health Life Sciences. Ben executed against assessment frameworks to include HIPAA, ISO27001, SSAE 16, NIST 800-53, as well as providing assessment for Cyber Insurance requirements.

Ben currently holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Certified Professional Electronic Health Records (CPEHR) certification for the management, security, and protection of electronic health records encompassing health reform initiatives, big data analytics, technical, semantic, and process interoperability, health information exchange, and quality data management.

Aaron Price
Solutions Architect
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Aaron Price
Solutions Architect

Aaron Price serves as a Solution Architect for Fortified Health Security and brings his deep passion for Cybersecurity, expert knowledge of network security controls, and nearly a decade of experience in Information Security Consulting, Security Architecture, and IT leadership specifically in the healthcare space. In his role, Aaron has responsibility for research and development for Penetration Testing, Data Loss Prevention, and SIEM managed services. In this capacity, Aaron also serves as a technical lead on the design and implementation of network security controls and technologies, such as intrusion management solutions, network access control (NAC), Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and other related solutions, and he has been instrumental in growing the solution portfolio of Fortified and improving our clients’ overall security posture. Aaron has also obtained the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.

Prior to his role as Solutions Manager, Aaron also served as Information Security Consultant at Fortified, where he successfully led numerous penetration testing engagements, SIEM deployments in diverse healthcare networks, and real-time threat monitoring solutions for managed security service clients. Before joining Fortified, Aaron as served as Director of Information Systems for a community-based hospital. Aaron is committed to helping our Healthcare clients navigate through challenges that present themselves along the path to security and compliance.

Paul Valentine
Director, Client Success
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Paul Valentine
Director, Client Success

Paul Valentine leads Fortified’s Client Success team where he and his team are responsible for implementing and supporting all technical security solutions required to provide managed services. Paul comes to Fortified with a proven track record of achievement directing major projects to completion within strict time and budget requirements, boosting revenue, maximizing effectiveness, improving operations, and achieving company-wide savings. He has been recognized for his ability to build and lead teams, manage change, and ensuring world class customer service.

Prior to joining, he has held such positions as Vice President of Professional Services and Support, Vice President of Implementation Services, Director of Technical Services, Senior Operations Consultant, Global Services Program Manager, Manager of Interface Implementation Services, Senior Account & Project Manager, and Regional Manager of Client Services.  He is a results-driven and top-performing professional with more than 15 years of progressive leadership success within information system development.

Timothy “TJ” Ramsey
Manager, Penetration Testing Services
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Timothy “TJ” Ramsey
Manager, Penetration Testing Services

TJ serves as the Manager of Penetration Testing Services for Fortified Health Security where his responsibilities include performing penetration tests, project management of all penetration testing efforts, and developing or refining methods and processes that ensure continued quality and thoroughness of the service to Fortified’s clients. As a member of the management team, TJ works with his teammates and upper-management to explore new opportunities for ways to enhance the customer experience. TJ has been with Fortified for the last 4 years and started on the Vulnerability and Threat Management team. He has been an active member of the Penetration Testing Team since 2016.

Before joining Fortified, TJ was a Department of Defense Contractor where he specialized in Military Intelligence Operations. TJ also served in the United States Army as a Military Intelligence Analyst. Throughout his 12-year career in the Intelligence Community, TJ has held numerous positions at various levels of command and has brought the intuition, professionalism, and skills of those roles with him as changed careers to the IT Security Sector.  TJ Holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Security and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Forensics from American Military University. He holds a Security+ Certification and has attended the Pentesting With Kali course from Offensive Security.

Preston Duren
Director, Cybersecurity Operations
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Preston Duren
Director, Cybersecurity Operations

Preston Duren serves as Director, Cybersecurity Operations for Fortified Health Security where his responsibilities include leading the Fortified Security Operations Center (SOC), developing the company’s strategic, tactical, and operational initiatives, as well as maturing the managed services business line. As a member of the leadership team, Preston’s valuable experience in healthcare information security and managed security services has given him a unique understanding of hospital operations and information security.

Preston has a proven track record of transforming technical operations and building strategic solutions for healthcare organizations like as Community Health Systems (CHS) and RCCH, a healthcare management company comprised of 18 hospitals across the United States and several hundred physician practices. With a CISSP certification, Preston has managed all aspects of information security, including risk, threat, and vulnerability management.

Melissa Adams
Director, Security Assessment Services
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Melissa Adams
Director, Security Assessment Services

Melissa serves as the Director, Security Assessment Services for Fortified Health Security where she uses tools and methodologies such as data analysis, process and data flow diagrams, and process and controls documentation to understand the client’s business environment.  Melissa drives her team to help clients identify root causes to their business problems and to recommend real solutions as they strive to achieve regulatory compliance and efficient operations.

Melissa has 19 years of experience in Security Compliance and Auditing of information security and technology. Prior to joining Fortified, Melissa’s career has been immersed in the healthcare industry working in several large Nashville-area healthcare organizations. Melissa leverages her experience to bring best practices and regulatory compliance knowledge to her clients. Areas of in-depth experience include HIPAA, HITRUST, Meaningful Use, security risk assessments, vendor security and third party management, information systems policy and procedure documentation, security awareness, and IT general controls.

Who We Serve

Fortified Health Security partners with a wide range of healthcare organizations, serving both covered entities and business associates. Current clients include health systems, single hospital entities, physician practices, post-acute providers, payers and business associates.