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HHS Releases Voluntary Healthcare Cybersecurity Practices

January 30, 2019

HHS Releases Voluntary Healthcare Cybersecurity Practices

In December 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the "Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices: Managing Threats and Protecting Patients" publication. This publication aims to provide voluntary cybersecurity practices to healthcare organizations of all types and sizes, ranging from local clinics to large hospital systems.

The industry-led effort was in response to a mandate set forth by the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 Section 405(d), to develop practical cybersecurity guidelines to cost-effectively reduce cybersecurity risks for the healthcare industry. The publication marks the culmination of a two-year effort that brought together over 150 cybersecurity and healthcare experts from industry and the government.

"Cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility. It is the responsibility of every organization working in healthcare and public health. In all of our efforts, we must recognize and leverage the value of partnerships among government and industry stakeholders to tackle the shared problems collaboratively," HHS Acting Chief Information Security Officer Janet Vogel said.

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Cybersecurity Coverage and Resources from LAMMICO

LAMMICO includes $10,000 of Medefense™ Plus/Cyber Liability coverage in most provider policies at no additional charge to the insured. We also offer the option to purchase higher limits of protection through our subsidiary agency, Elatas Risk Partners. Please contact Carly Thames, Account Executive, at or 225.906.2062 for information on purchasing higher limits of coverage.

In partnership with our cyber risk experts, NAS Insurance, LAMMICO offers our insureds complimentary access to CyberNET®, the most advanced cyber risk management solutions inclusive of sample policies, incident response plans and other compliance and training materials. Registered Members are encouraged to log in and access the NAS CyberNET portal through LAMMICO Practice Solutions.

For more information about minimizing cybersecurity threats, please contact the LAMMICO Risk Management and Patient Safety Department at 504.841.5211.

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