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How Can Congress Aid Healthcare Cybersecurity, Fight Ransomware?

Health IT Security

Lisa Gentes-Hunt

Healthcare is a prime target of ransomware and needs assistance to face digital thieves, according to several witnesses that testified before Congress this week.

Experts from healthcare, technology and cybersecurity testified before the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 20. Their testimonies were part of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy and Commerce’s hearing entitled, “Stopping Digital Thieves: The Growing Threat of Ransomware.”

The witnesses included a mixture of in-person and remote testimonies from Philip Reiner, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Security and Technology; Charles Carmakal, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of FireEye-Mandiant; Robert M. Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Dragos; Kemba Walden, Assistant General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation; and Dr. Christian Dameff, MD, a practicing emergency medicine physician, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, Biomedical Informatics, and Computer Science at the University of California San Diego and the Medical Director of Cybersecurity for UC San Diego Health.

Dr. Dameff testified on...

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