Senator Thom Tillis and his colleagues introduced the Strengthening Healthcare Cybersecurity Act, which aims to address the growing number of cybersecurity attacks on healthcare systems. The law requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct regular evaluations of its cybersecurity systems and report their findings to Congress. This is in response to an alarming increase in data intrusions by malicious hackers, especially when it comes to sensitive health information.

Senator Tillis emphasized the importance of securing personal health information held by HHS and protecting it from cyber security attacks. The goal is to ensure that Americans don’t have to worry about their health information being compromised by cyber threats.

Background to the legislation reveals that there has been a significant increase in cybersecurity attacks against healthcare systems, including HHS. In 2023, an estimated 133 million people had their health data compromised, exposing sensitive information such as Medicare beneficiary information, Social Security numbers and medical records. Because HHS is responsible for protecting Americans’ personal health information, the agency must have the tools and capabilities to defend against the latest hacking strategies.

The full text of the law is available for review to understand the specifics and provisions outlined in the legislation. This initiative highlights the importance of prioritizing cybersecurity in the healthcare sector and taking proactive measures to protect individuals’ sensitive health information.

By Editor

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