HHS Looks to Strengthen Cybersecurity Info Sharing Within Health Care; HAP Forum to Facilitate Cybersecurity Discussion in PA
October 06, 2016
funding has been dedicated to the National Health Information Sharing andAnalysis Center (NH-ISAC)
to support the dissemination of cybersecurity
information and education on cyber threats as well as to foster greater
information sharing within the health care and public health sectors.
The U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for
Health Information Technology (ONC) awarded cooperative agreements totaling $350,000. This effort is
intended to create a more robust exchange of information in order to facilitate
the prevention, detection, and response to cybersecurity threats.
cyber threat information sharing process will ensure broader dissemination of
information on system breaches and ransomware attacks so health care providers
can take appropriate action to protect their health information technology
systems and ultimately, the health of their patients.
the funding will support greater capacity of NH-ISAC to receive information
from member health care entities.
have shown the growing threat of ransomware and security breaches on
the health care system. In half of all data breaches in health care, criminal
attacks are the leading cause, marking a five percent increase from last year,
according to the 2016 Ponemon Institute’s Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy and Security of Healthcare Data.
session hosted by HAP for its member hospitals and health systems—Cybersecurity Forum with the FBI and DHS: Recognition, Response and Resources to Combat Cyber Threats and Breaches—will
provide current information on the latest threats, prevention strategies, and
resources available to improve cybersecurity.
co-hosts—U.S. Congressmen Lou Barletta (R, PA-11), Tom Marino (R, PA-10), and Scott Perry (R, PA-04)—will open the forum
sharing their perspectives as members of the U.S. House Homeland Security
from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) will then provide an overview of cybersecurity threats, best
practices for hospital and health system response protocols, and resources each
agency has available to support the health care sector.
Cybersecurity subject matter questions may be directed to Martin Ciccocioppo, HAP’s vice
president, research. Please contact Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s vice president, federal advocacy, with questions about