Corewell Health CISO: Government should help hospitals defend against cyberattacks

Scott Dresen, chief information security officer of dually headquartered Grand Rapids and Southfield, Mich.-based Corewell Health, said the federal government must help healthcare organizations defend against cyberattacks from nation-state actors and organized crime groups, BankInfoSecurity reported March 16. 

"The U.S. government has actionable intelligence that would be of immediate value to the healthcare sector," Mr. Dresen said during the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs' March 16 hearing. "While there is some degree of automated intelligence sharing, we need to make more of that intelligence accessible." 

Other leaders that testified at the hearing include Kate Pierce, senior virtual information security officer at cybersecurity vendor Fortified Health Security, Stirling Martin, senior vice president and chief privacy and security officer at Epic and Greg Garcia, executive director of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council. 

Mr. Martin said the government can help healthcare organizations establish a minimum threshold for security best practices, while Ms. Pierce called on the federal government to help rural hospitals deal with the increase in ransomware attacks.

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