HHS seeks industry pros to join healthcare cybersecurity task force

Nominations period open for one more week as the federal agency looks to tackle concerns over a string of high-profile breaches.
By Bernie Monegain
10:25 AM
The Department of Health and Human Services is building a Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force.

The Department of Health and Human Services is building a Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, as required by Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015.

"From the beginning of the Administration, the President has made it clear that cybersecurity is one of the most important challenges we face as a nation," HHS officials said in a statement. "That is why the Administration has led a broad strategy to enhance the Federal Government's cybersecurity, including both our defensive and offensive capabilities, to tackle today's increasingly sophisticated cyber actors."

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HHS is calling for nominees with these qualifications: service in a position of influence in an organization that is representative of a component of the broad healthcare and public health sector; experience in dealing with technical, administrative, management and/or legal aspects of health information security; knowledge of major health information security policies, best practices, organizations and trends, and the ability to participate actively in task force meetings.

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The work of the task force will include four in-person meetings, eight teleconferences and time spent on reviewing and contributing to documents.

Nominees may represent any aspect of the healthcare system. Nominations are being accepted at CyberTF@hhs.gov until 5 p.m. ET, March 9. HHS will notify selected nominees within one week. The first teleconference of the new entity is set for March 17.

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