Cybersecdn- The United States government is tightening its grip on cybersecurity in healthcare. Healthcare providers must now meet specific digital security standards or risk losing federal funding. This new directive aims to bolster the industry’s defenses against increasing cyber threats.
The Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a department within the US Department of Health and Human Services, is set to outline these new requirements. They include the implementation of two-factor authentication and maintaining a program for fixing vulnerabilities.
A senior administration official emphasized the importance of these practices, noting their significant impact in preventing cyber incidents. This move comes in response to the healthcare sector being one of the most targeted industries for cyberattacks. In the year leading up to October 2023, over 640 data breaches occurred in US healthcare, compromising nearly 92 million records.
The industry’s reaction to these new mandates is mixed. The American Hospital Association expressed disapproval, particularly regarding the tying of these requirements to funding. The new regulations are expected to be effective before the end of the year, marking a pivotal moment in the industry’s approach to cybersecurity.