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Resource Overview

General cybersecurity guidance would suggest that Health IT breach should not be considered a matter of "If", but rather a matter of "when". How an organization prepares and responds to an episode of breach is just as important as defending itself from breach. Unfortunately, Health Centers are seen as a domain with high potential for data breach and consequently it is critical for Health Center leadership to embrace breach mitigation across their entire organization vs being a matter to be addressed by their Health IT team.

Breach can occur through both internal and external network leaks, through malware such as Ransomware, and through physical means on site. The resources provided below are meant to provide general knowledge about breach mitigation and methods for mitigating against breach incidences.

Breach Mitigation and Response Resources
Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients

Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients

A publication of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, Section 405(d) Task Group

The HIPAA Security Rule establishes the requirements for protection of electronic patient health information. The safeguards identified are made up of three domains that include administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that need to be addressed. The technical safeguards as defined within 45 CFR §164.312 of the HIPAA Security Rule can be some of the most difficult to comprehend and implement for smaller Health Centers with lower levels of IT and security staffing. Resources and tools that help Health Centers better process and implement these security requirements are much needed and require well-documented methods for planning and maintaining critical security controls.

Toward this objective, in 2017, HHS established the CSA 405(d) Task Group, which leveraged the Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Sector Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Public-Private Partnership and was made up of over 100 participants and experts across domains that include cybersecurity, privacy, healthcare practitioners, and Health IT organizations.

In December of 2018 this task force published the Health Industry Cyber Preparedness (HICP) document, which is a cyber-preparedness “cookbook” designed to assist small providers in prioritizing cybersecurity threats and implementing controls to address them. 

The publication includes a main document, two technical volumes, and a set of resources and templates that include:

Documents to download

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Acknowledgements

This resource collection was cultivated and developed by the HITEQ team with valuable suggestions and contributions from HITEQ Project collaborators.

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