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Congress Urged to Enforce Minimum Healthcare Cyber Standards

April 22, 2024
Contributed by: Drex DeFord
In response to the significant ransomware attack on UnitedHealth subsidiary Change Healthcare by Russia-based ALPHV BlackCat, industry experts have urged Congress to implement minimum cybersecurity standards for healthcare organizations. This attack highlighted the vulnerabilities of the healthcare sector, with the FBI indicating it as a top victim of ransomware in 2023. Addressing the incident, legislators and cybersecurity professionals recommended increased Federal support, funding for under-resourced organizations, and the development of a Federal playbook for cybersecurity in healthcare, emphasizing the importance of preparedness and quick response to future cyber threats. Additionally, proposed legislation aims to incentivize healthcare providers to enhance their cybersecurity measures through financial rewards for meeting established standards.
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