Tillis and colleagues introduce legislation to safeguard health care data from cyber attacks

Protecting Health Data from Cyber Threats: Strengthening Cybersecurity in Health Care Act Introduced

The Strengthening Cybersecurity in Health Care Act, introduced by Senator Thom Tillis and his colleagues, aims to improve and secure the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) cybersecurity systems. This legislation requires HHS to conduct regular evaluations of its cybersecurity systems and report their findings to Congress. Senator Tillis emphasized the importance of protecting sensitive health information and ensuring that personal health data stored by HHS is secure from cyber attacks.

The background of the legislation cites recent reports of a significant increase in cybersecurity attacks targeting healthcare systems, including HHS. In 2023, approximately 133 million individuals had their health data breached, highlighting the urgency of addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the healthcare sector. As the agency responsible for safeguarding Americans’ personal health information, HHS needs to be equipped to defend against evolving hacking strategies.

This legislation is a proactive step towards safeguarding sensitive health information and enhancing cybersecurity measures within HHS. The full text of the Strengthening Cybersecurity in Health Care Act can be found on the official government website. By requiring regular evaluations and reporting, this act will help ensure that HHS’s cybersecurity systems are up-to-date and effective in protecting personal health data from cyber attacks.

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