|A cybersecurity center will soon to be open by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) / Photo by James Mott Jordan via 123RF|
There are a number of companies already looking into solutions to cyber crime and security for their respective industries. In recent news, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that they plan to open up a cybersecurity center that is designed to support and improve the cybersecurity of the United States Healthcare industry.
There have been reports that work by the Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) had stalled back in 2017 as there were issues regarding possible fraud allegations and contracting irregularities. Regardless, they have started work on this and are making headway into better and more secure cybersecurity solutions for the future. The Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center, which would be located at the HSS headquarters in Washington, would strengthen the coordination and the information that would be shared within the industry on certain threats and issues. This would provide better response time and decide on the appropriate actions that could be taken with regard to healthcare in compromising situations. This could also improve strategic partnerships in this industry to increase communication with other organizations for the purposes of security. This new center would work with stakeholders of the health sector, including practitioners, and cybersecurity information sharing organizations to identify hacker patterns and trends that could affect them negatively, or compromise their data. This is especially important as, from 2017 to 2018 alone, the healthcare sector reported more than 400 major data breaches according to the HHS.
Eric Hargan, the Deputy Secretary, states, “HHs is proud to work with the health community to better protect Americans’ health data and confidential information.” This would be one the steps taken by the government to help the people that have concerns with health-related personal information. The HC3 would essentially be the main hub for cyber defense of the US healthcare and public health sector.