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A Call for Private-Public Partnerships in Healthcare Cybersecurity

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A House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on healthcare cybersecurityshed light on the serious consequences of cyberattacks and the need for a multi-stakeholder solution. Positioning healthcare cybersecurity as a public safety issue affecting both patients and the digital citizen will enable government leadership to garner widespread support for cybersecurity progress.

Healthcare Cybersecurity Protection – Confidentiality, Availability, and Integrity 

Health care providers and cybersecurity experts have mainly focused on how to combat and protect against ransomware attacks on hospitals. Policy and legislative debates, however, are broader. Data security issues are typically classified into the following three categories:

  • Confidentiality 

When a third party is blocked from viewing communication between two parties, such as with encryption. 

  • Availability 

When users are able to access an online system or service. During a ransomware or Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, data (or websites) become inaccessible, as with the 2016 DDoS attack that affected Twitter and Netflix.

  • Integrity 

When you receive or view information with the same values as when it was created, i.e. unaltered data. Data altered during a cyber-attack can cause serious disruptions for both organizations and individuals. Integrity is paramount in protecting patient safety. For example, altering health records, hacking medical devices, and changing prescription have serious implications.

What can be done? 

A multi-stakeholder approach, i.e. information sharing between medical providers, device manufacturers, and the federal government, is critical to improving industry-wide cybersecurity. Additionally, the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of information and systems must be expertly protected. Providers and device-makers should understand and employ the technology, and policymakers should amend regulatory requirements accordingly.

“Cybersecurity is a collective responsibility and that is why it is imperative that this sector find a way to come together to find a sustainable path forward,” said Chairman Tim Murphy.

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