Dedicated to Protecting Our Nation's Healthcare System

HealthGuard is a veteran- and minority-owned business headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Established in in 2001, we have been serving the healthcare industry for two decades. We actively participate in both local and national efforts focused on building and more resilient and sustainable healthcare system. We partner with hospitals to create and protect value by applying quantitative risk management via our proprietary DecipherRisk software, our advisory services, and our training programs. 

Put simply, HealthGuard builds software that helps hospital systems make better business decisions about their cybersecurity and risk management investments. HealthGuard’s Decipher Risk platform is the industry’s first integrated risk management solution designed around the OpenFAIRTM risk quantification standard. 

Our Team

Apolonio "Apps" Garcia, Founder and CEO 

Apps Garcia, CRISK, Open FAIR™, has 20+ years of experience in IT, Information Security, and Risk Management, working in both technical and management roles. He has been applying and teaching quantitative risk analysis methods, including Open FAIR™, for over a decade. 

As the founder and CEO of HealthGuard, he helps hospital leaders use Open FAIR™ to make better risk informed decisions. Apps is also serving as Board President of the Society of Information Risk Analysts (SIRA), a non-profit dedicated to promoting effective risk analysis methods. 

Apps is a decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy and is a member of the Open Group Security Forum. When not working, he enjoys a nice glass of Bourbon, perfecting his Barbequing skills, and choking his friends on the mat (training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu).

"Apps is THE person I think of when I think of healthcare infosec. You won’t find anyone stronger in the field." - Jack Jones, creator of FAIR.

Terence "Terry" Rapoch, Vice President of Training Services

Terry Rapoch retired as the Chief Technologist for the Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) and President of the Wright State Applied Research Corporation (WSARC).  Before his work at Wright State University, Terry was a senior executive at NCR Corporation responsible for global application development and deployment.

After retiring, Terry started a consulting company focusing on managing transformative change associated with emerging information and system technologies. He served as a longtime member on the Board of Care Source Management Group, its Nominating and Governance Committee and also the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, where he provides oversight on information and systems technology and cybersecurity related to CareSource and health care delivery. At HealthGuard, Terry oversees the educational programming developed and delivered by HealthGuard University.