HHS Announces 405(d) Program Website Offering Resources to Help Offset Healthcare Cybersecurity Risks

The Department of Health and Human Services made an announcement about its new website that provides guidance and resources to assist the medical care and public health industry to offset cybersecurity threats.

The website was developed in relation to the HHS 405(d) Aligning Health Care Industry Security Approaches Program, which is related to the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. As per the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, the HHS needs to create the program as well as a Task Group to improve cybersecurity and line up industry strategies by creating a standard set of voluntary, consensus-based, and industry-driven cybersecurity rules, practices, strategies, procedures and protocols that healthcare institutions can utilize.

Over 150 persons from companies and the federal government have joined together under the program and offered information concerning the best ways to minimize cyber threats. The new website promotes the slogan, Cyber Safety is Patient Safety and presents videos as well as other educational content to increase awareness of related threats together with vetted cybersecurity resources to push behavioral change and achieve regularity in addressing major threats to healthcare institutions. By means of the website, institutions in the HPH industry can sign up to receive a bi-monthly 405(d) newsletter and to get quick access to threat-specific solutions to help with cybersecurity awareness and training initiatives.

The 405(d) Program webpage is a way for HHS to develop cybersecurity resiliency throughout the Healthcare and Public Health Industry. This is additionally a remarkable time for the HHS Office of the Chief Information Officer to keep the partnership going with industry, according to HHS Acting Chief Information Security Officer Christopher Bollerer.

This website is a unique place for the healthcare sector to access vetted cybersecurity strategies particular to the HPH industry on a federal government site, stated Erik Decker, the Industry co-lead of the 405(d) Task Group. The site offers a great resource for the HPH sector to use and will definitely be a go-to website for organizations that would like to better safeguard their patients and companies from the most recent cybersecurity risks.

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