15 Jan 2014

CyberRX Program Tests US Health Industry

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced plans to launch a national campaign to help health care organizations fend off cyber-attacks, according to SC Magazine.

Lead by the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), “CyberRX” will include a series of security exercises to be held over two days in March and July 2014.

“Organizations will be exposed to a wide range of threats which could range from social engineering ruses to attacks that require more technical prowess on the part of attackers,” said Daniel Nutkis, HITRUST CEO. “I am comfortable saying that medical devices will be covered in one of the scenarios,” he added.

A wide range of organizations will be put to the test, including government agencies, providers, prescription benefit managers, pharmacies and pharmaceutical managers.

After the exercise, HITRUST will share the results to help the industry better determine how to deliver customized threat information according to the needs of each organization.

UnitedHealth Group, WellPoint, Humana, Highmark, Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the Children's Medical Center in Dallas, CVS Caremark and Express Scripts are among the participants.