First Industrywide Cyberattack Exercise Planned for March

This March, the Health Information Trust Alliance will lead HHS and several healthcare industry stakeholders in a simulated cyberattack to gauge the industry's response and threat preparedness against online threats.

The set of exercises, dubbed CyberRx, will help identify vulnerabilities in both broad and segment-specific scenarios, including simulated attacks against health IT infrastructure and medical devices.

"Our goal for the exercises is to identify additional ways that we can help the industry be better prepared for and better able to respond to cyberattacks," said HHS Chief Information Security Officer Kevin Charest in a news release. "This exercise will generate valuable information we can use to improve our joint preparedness."

Organizations participating in March's drills include Children's Medical Center Dallas, CVS Caremark, Express Scripts, Health Care Service Corp, Highmark, Humana, UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint. HITRUST is currently soliciting organizations to participate in future exercises.

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