HHS launches new website to combat healthcare cybersecurity threats

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the launch of a new website for its 405(d) Aligning Health Care Industry Security Approaches Program.

Equipped with valuable resources and tools for the healthcare and public health (HPH) sector, the platform is designed to provide cybersecurity best practices, encourage behavioral change, and promote more consistency in mitigating the most relevant threats.

Keep reading to learn more about the 405(d) website, what this development means for the industry, and why a HIPAA compliant email solution is a step in the right direction.

What is the 405(d) program? 

HHS established the 405(d) Aligning Health Care Industry Security Approaches Program in response to the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.

Aiming to standardize cybersecurity approaches for the industry, HHS assembled the 405(d) Task Group to develop a set of consensus-based guidelines, processes, and methodologies for healthcare organizations to use. These protocols are identified in the program’s cornerstone publication, Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients (HICP)

Website uses and features 

According to the announcement, the new 405(d) website serves as a unique space for the healthcare industry to access vetted cybersecurity measures.

In addition to the HICP publication, the platform includes a variety of healthcare-focused resources such as educational posters, infographics, videos, newsletter highlights, webinar recordings, and threat-specific products that support cybersecurity awareness and training efforts.

Moving forward, the website will be the hub for all new solutions, tools, and events produced by the 405(d) Program and Task Group.

Why this matters

The new 405(d) website provides the entire health sector with a single platform to turn to for the latest industry-specific security insights. By raising awareness of critical risk factors and vulnerabilities, organizations can ultimately improve their security strategy and better protect their patients and facilities from future threats.

Christopher Bollerer, acting chief information security officer of HHS, states that the website is “a step forward for building cybersecurity resilience across the healthcare and public health sector.”

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