U.S. Government Introduces Healthcare Cybersecurity Resource Website

In 2015, healthcare was the most frequently attacked industry – surpassing financial services and resulting in more than 100 million compromised health records, according to the 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index.
 
The threat will only grow. Healthcare practitioners, executives, IT professionals and emergency managers must keep their cyber toolkits up-to-date, staying attuned to the evolving nature and type of threats facing their facilities, professionals and patients.
 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Technical Resources, Assistance Center and Information Exchange (TRACIE) recently released a collection of cybersecurity resources for healthcare stakeholders to better protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from cyberattacks.
 
In “The Business Case for Information Governance,” included in TRACIE’s collection, Karen Schuler, managing director of BDO Consulting’s Forensic Technology Services practice, and Todd Dietrich, senior manager of the practice, explain how IG is critical to protecting sensitive patient data and providing quality care. Healthcare organizations would do well to take advantage of TRACIE’s database, which also includes guidance on best practices for victim response and cyber incident reporting, testing and training programs for IT plans and capabilities, effectively sharing cyber threat information, and integrating forensic techniques into incident response.
 
You can access the complete HHS TRACIE cybersecurity collection here.