Health Law Highlights

HHS Releases Voluntary Cybersecurity Performance Goals to Beef Up Healthcare’s Digital Defenses

From Fierce Healthcare, by Dave Mulio:

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published voluntary cybersecurity performance goals for healthcare organizations, aiming to enhance industry-wide cybersecurity. The goals are hosted on a new website launched by the department to centralize cybersecurity resources from various government groups.
  • The goals are divided into two categories: “Essential Goals” and “Enhanced Goals”, reflecting cybersecurity frameworks, best practices, and strategies developed by the healthcare industry. They address common attack vectors against U.S. hospitals, as identified in the 2023 Hospital Cyber Resiliency Landscape Analysis.
  • The voluntary goals cover initial protection, response, and mitigation of residual risk. They provide a prioritization roadmap for layers of protection across various points of weakness, aiming to prevent potential breaches.