HITRUST to sponsor study on healthcare breaches

News by Robert Abel

The Health Information Trust (HITRUST) Alliance will sponsor a study to analyse the effects of cyber-attacks on healthcare organisations.

Citing research from the Identity Theft Resource centre, a release from HITRUST noted that nearly 42.5 percent of all breaches identified in 2014 were against the healthcare organisations and for the most part, the details are too sparse to understand their magnitude.

The HITRUST Cyber Discovery Study will last for about 90 days, during which participants will use equipment, software and other resources provided by the alliance, which has selected Trend Micro to provide support and services, to monitor and analyse their networks for threats. Participants will turn over anonymised data to HITRUST for analysis and to establish an industry benchmark to battle cyber-attacks. 

HITRUST's Common Security Framework (CSF) is used by healthcare organisations to share and manage sensitive data.

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