HITRUST and Deloitte kick-off cyber preparedness events


The Health Information Trust (HITRUST) Alliance and Deloitte are set to hold cyber preparedness, education and simulation events in major cities across the US.

The sessions, part of the ongoing HITRUST CyberRX 2.0 program, will provide an opportunity for healthcare organizations to learn how to assess their ability to respond effectively to cyber threats and attacks, and understand what resources are available to improve collaboration and cyber intelligence sharing.

These events are structured to aid healthcare organizations in better cyber threat awareness and response, and to prepare those organizations participating in the CyberRX exercise.

“As an organization that has participated in the CyberRX program, we have experienced overwhelming satisfaction, and there is no doubt of its value. The CyberRX Level I Playbook had the best-designed and well-thought-out exercises explicitly relevant to health care. We encourage all health care organizations to leverage the exercises and attend a town hall session,” said Michael Pinch, chief information security officer, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).

Ed Powers, national managing principal, Deloitte cyber risk services, Deloitte & Touch, added: “Data privacy remains an essential, bottom-line concern, and we must also have our eyes open to potentially greater risks. Attacks aimed at wiping out central data stores, manipulating medical devices and building controls, or tampering with drug inventory could rapidly threaten the lives of millions of people — and become a national security issue.”

Daniel Nutkis, founder and chief executive officer, HITRUST, said: “Given the increase in cyber-attacks perpetrated against the health care industry and the clear evidence that cyber preparedness exercises improve an organization’s ability to respond, the CyberRX Town Hall events will be a great resource for the industry.

“We are pleased Deloitte has agreed to actively engage in the CyberRX program. Deloitte’s understanding of the cyber threat landscape, engagement with the business challenges of the health care industry, and leadership in cyber war gaming makes it a great resource to help the industry.”

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