Sens. to DHS CISA: Issue COVID-19 Cyber Threat Guidance for Healthcare

HealthITSecurity

Jessica Davis

In light of the rapid increase in COVID-19 cyber threats, the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the US Cyber Command are being asked to develop and issue cybersecurity guidance to support the healthcare sector during the pandemic.

The letter, led by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut and Mark Warner, D-Virginia, as well as three other Senators, raises “profound concerns” about the “unprecedented and perilous campaign of sophisticated hacking operations” from both domestic and foreign threat actors.

“The cybersecurity threat to our stretched and stressed medical and public health systems should not be ignored,” the Senators argued. “Prior to the pandemic, hospitals had already struggled to defend themselves against an onslaught of ransomware and data breaches. Our hospitals are dependent on electronic health records, email, and ...

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