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HM Health Solutions' Omar Khawaja recognized as 2017 CISO by Pittsburgh Technology Council

PITTSBURGH (June 12, 2017) — HM Health Solutions (HMHS), a subsidiary of Highmark Health, recently announced that its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Omar Khawaja, received the CISO Award of the Year 2017 presented by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. The Pittsburgh CISO of the Year Awards honor CIOs and CISOs for their vision in planning specific goals, management philosophy, culture and service to the industry and community. Each of the 27 finalists was judged by a committee of members of the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group. The CISO award is based on the following requirements:

  • Possess primary responsibility for the technical performance of information security of the employer’s organization
  • Demonstrate innovative leadership through effective use of technology in support of the strategic initiatives of the employer's organization
  • Represent the highest standards of leadership in information technology
  • Garner the respect and be recognized as a role model by peers and staff

"The Information Strategy and Risk Management vision is to continuously evaluate and support growing customer needs for security and address evolving threats. However, this commitment is not possible without the support of a dedicated team," stated Omar Khawaja, Chief Information Security Officer for HM Health Solutions. I look forward to continued success with a very talented group of individuals."

Omar has spent over 15 years delivering, developing and managing security solutions for startups, service providers, consulting firms and enterprises. Omar currently serves on the boards of Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) and Action Housing Network; the Governing Body of Evanta, the CISO Workgroup of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and as adjunct faculty for the CISO program at Carnegie Mellon University.

About HM Health Solutions

HM Health Solutions (HMHS) was formed in March 2014, as a subsidiary of Highmark Health. HMHS enables health plans to achieve top-line revenue growth, reduce costs and gain economies of scale. The HMHS Enterprise platform leverages state-of-the-art cloud technology to support a comprehensive suite of offerings. HMHS offers expertise in multiple product lines, including Medicare, Medicaid, commercial, and individual business. Our industry-leading expertise in people, process and platforms deliver measurable results while increasing customer engagement. For more information, visit

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