HITRUST to conduct study on cyberattacks in healthcare

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The Health Information Trust Alliance is launching a comprehensive study of targeted healthcare cyberattacks to analyze the methods, severity and pervasiveness of these threats.

The study aims to identify the actual magnitude of cyber threats, in addition to similarities between targeted organizations and the degree of threats within organizations.

According to a news release announcing the study, much of the information regarding cyberattacks is based on surveys and generates speculation more so than actionable measures.

"The level of speculation around attacks, targets and persistent threats has reached an all-time high," said Daniel Nutkis, CEO of HITRUST. "To combat this growing concern, we need more facts to better dissect threats and develop a corresponding strategy to address them. This research will provide valuable data to those charged with keeping healthcare information secure."

HITRUST plans to recruit approximately 210 health plans and provider organizations to participate in the study, which will examine the detection of advanced persistent threat and perpetrators, an analysis and forensics of malware and other threats and attacks against specific organizations.

Participants will receive software, hardware and expertise to detect, analyze and monitor their networks for 90 days. Organizations do not have to pay to participate in the study. To learn more or to express interest in participating, click here

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Cyberattack on Premera Blue Cross affects 11 million 

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