US Health and Human Services is stepping up their cybersecurity assistance

During the last few days of 2018 The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a 4 volume publication which lists the top 5 cyber-threats facing the Health industry. The report was constructed with collaboration from over 150 cybersecurity and healthcare experts across the public and private sectors.

HHS has also recently opened a Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) with the goal of strengthening coordination and information sharing within the healthcare and public health sector. The idea is to help provide timely and actionable cybersecurity intelligence to health organizations.

The South Dakota Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and Dakota State University have entered into a joint powers agreement to effectively combat cybercrime. The Attorney General’s office has a division dedicated to consumer protection which has been tasked with being the first line of defense against fraud and deception. The Consumer Protection Division deals with all sorts of consumer related issues which includes medical and related cybercrimes. The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organization will continue finding more resources for members regarding cybersecurity issues.