As Hospitals Struggle With Cyberattacks, Feds Call for Tougher Defenses

Chief Healthcare Executive

Ron Southwick

The Biden administration has directed federal agencies and private companies to address weaknesses. The government has also released a catalog of vulnerable systems and products.

With ransomware attacks rising, the Biden administration has ordered federal agencies to bolster their cybersecurity systems and to address vulnerabilities. Although the order is aimed at federal agencies, the Biden administration is also making it clear that key elements of the private sector, such as hospitals and health care systems, must strengthen their defenses.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued the order Wednesday directing federal agencies to address weaknesses identified within the past year in the next two weeks. Federal agencies have 60 days to address older threats. The agency noted the growing threat...

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