GAO to HHS: Do these 7 things to strengthen hospital cybersecurity

Beckers Health IT

Jackie Drees

The Government Accountability Office wants HHS to improve cybersecurity efforts by strengthening collaboration within the department and with the broader healthcare sector.

The GAO released a report June 28 reviewing HHS' organizational approach to cybersecurity and offered seven recommendations for the agency to enhance its roles and responsibilities so that healthcare is better protected against attacks.

Here are GAO's seven recommendations:

1. The HHS secretary should have the CIO overseeing the coordination and sharing of cybersecurity information between the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center and Healthcare Threat Operations Center.

2. The HHS secretary should order the CIO to monitor, evaluate and report on the progress and performance of the HHS Chief Information Security Officer Council, Continuous Monitoring and Risk Scoring Working Group, and Cloud Security Working Group.

3. HHS should direct the...

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