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HITRUST CEO blasts HHS for failing to leverage cybersecurity partnerships

Author: Jessica Davis / Source: Healthcare IT News

The recent decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to build a healthcare-specific cybersecurity communication center “raises some important issues,” said HITRUST CEO and Founder Daniel Nutkis.

In his prepared statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs on Wednesday, Nutkis expressed concern and ultimately confusion over HHS’ decision, as it appears the role of the Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integrations Center “parallels the intended role and capabilities of an Information Sharing and Analysis Organization.”

“Clear guidance and communication should be established to ensure private sector activities are supported and not duplicated by government programs,” Nutkis said.

[Also: HHS task force says healthcare cybersecurity in ‘critical condition’]

Nutkis also expressed further concern at HHS current efforts on “yet another healthcare-based implementation guide of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.”

The Health and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council and Government Coordinating Council worked with HITRUST and the Department of Homeland Security Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community to create the healthcare specific guide to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

The guide provides a sound cybersecurity program with the necessary five core functions of the…

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