Healthcare cybersecurity info sharing still a work in progress

While President Barack Obama issued an executive order to use information sharing and analysis organizations (ISAOs) to boost cybersecurity awareness and coordination between private entities and the government, those efforts need more development before they provide useful information, according to an article at The Wall Street Journal.

About a dozen longstanding nonprofit Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs) serve specific sectors such as finance, healthcare and energy, and work with government on infomation sharing.

Though more narrowly focused, many ISAOs already exist, Deborah Kobza, executive director of the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center, told HealthcareInfoSecurity.

Executives who spoke with WSJ say large entities don't get much useful information from ISACs.

"Most of us are willing to put information into it largely because it provides good initial facilitation and informal networking opportunities," Darren Dworkin, CIO of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a member of the healthcare ISAC, tells the newspaper. As sharing standards are developed, he adds, "expectations will mount in terms of the kinds of specific data needed as everybody figures it out."

What's more, networking within the industry, Dworkin says, tends to provide more information about what's going on. ISACs generally are more useful to smaller organizations that lack security expertise in-house, the article adds.

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST), which quickly endorsed Obama's plan, said it is one of the ISAOs. HITRUST is working with providers to test and improve their preparedness for attacks through its CyberRX 2.0 attack simulations. The need for organizations to be more open about attacks was one of the early lessons from that program.

Participants in the recent White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection stressed that threat data-sharing doesn't pose the danger of exposing patients' insurance and healthcare information.

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