HHS publishes guidance to help health systems strengthen cybersecurity

The HHS Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center published a guidance June 16 to help healthcare organizations improve their overall strength, protocols and prevention abilities for cyberattacks. 

Six ways to strengthen healthcare's cyber posture, according to the guidance:

  1. Conduct regular security posture assessments.

  2. Frequently monitor your networks and software for vulnerabilities. 

  3. Identify which departments own what risk and assign management to those certain responsibilities.

  4. Monitor any gaps in your security controls.

  5. Have an incident response plan and a discovery recovery plan.

  6. Create security metrics. 

The steps outline the best practices for healthcare organizations to protect against cyberthreats. 

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