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HHS officials call for improved cybersecurity communication

Author: Rachel Z. Arndt / Source: Modern Healthcare

In the wake of last month’s WannaCry ransomware, HHS officials called on the department’s senior adviser for cybersecurity and others to organize public-private collaborations to better share threat information both before and during attacks.

During a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, HHS officials praised its Healthcare Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Center (HCCIC) for how it disseminated information during the WannaCry attacks and held it up as an example for organizing cybersecurity discussion.

“We need to take this model of threat sharing, which has now become an industry standard, and apply it to the challenge we face,” said Leo Scanlon, HHS’ deputy chief information security officer. The HCCIC “is where you can get coordinated information,” he said.

But the officials emphasized communication between HHS and industry members about cybersecurity threats and their aftermath must improve. Scanlon noted there isn’t a single channel for HHS to broadcast information about threats and…

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