Last week, the US cybersecurity agency CISA, unveiled a cybersecurity toolkit for healthcare and public health (HPH) organizations. The unveiling was done in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Healthcare organizations depend on digital tech for storing personal data and medical records, performing procedures, and patient communication. All these dependence broadens the potential for cyber-attacks. CISA’s new toolkit aims to establish a strong cybersecurity base for healthcare organizations of all sizes. Also assist the healthcare systems in deploying advanced defense tools.
DESCRIBING THE TOOLKIT:
The toolkit details essential cyber hygiene steps for organizations and individuals alike. It provides a threat landscape overview, documents cybersecurity test practices, and offers a guide for implementing a cybersecurity framework.
The Cybersecurity Body assures that the tool conducts organization risk assessments and suggests tools, including vulnerability scanning services and CISA’s catalog of Known Exploited Vulnerabilities (KEV).
Moreover, the tool provides recommendations for resources that can enhance an organization’s security stance. These resources can aid in thwarting ransomware attacks. Furthermore, it offers access to complimentary cybersecurity services and tools. Lastly, it assists in the formulation of incident response strategies.
For resource-limited organizations, the tool offers advice on accessing the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP), free and low-cost services for immediate improvements, and guidance on what the healthcare sector should expect from tech providers.
“Because cybersecurity is one of many areas where the Healthcare and Public Health sector is facing persistent challenges, CISA and HHS are providing this toolkit filled with remedies to give sector stakeholders a greater ability to proactively assess vulnerabilities and implement solutions.”
Furthermore, CISA and HHS are offering this toolkit filled with solutions to enable sector stakeholders to proactively assess vulnerabilities and implement solutions.
On the toolkit’s release day, CISA and HHS co-hosted a roundtable discussion on the challenges facing the cybersecurity industry and the health sector. The discussion centered on how Government-Industry collaboration can help mitigate risks.
CISA is known for creating tools to assist the cybersecurity industry and threat hunting ecosystem. From the CISA K-12 tool to the CISA untitled Goose tool, we should anticipate more as the organization is committed to fostering a safe internet community.
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