HHS and CISA Kick Off Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023 – 10/2/23

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency or CISA kick off cybersecurity awareness month with a message from the HHS Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm and CISA Deputy Director Nitin Natarajan. Learn more about how these two agencies are ready to support the Healthcare and Public Health Sector with their cybersecurity needs.


CISA Cybersecurity Strategic Plan: Shifting the Arc of National Risk to Create a Safer Future

In March, President Biden released the National Cybersecurity Strategy, setting forth a clear and urgent path for our country. As the nation’s Cyber Defense Agency, CISA plays a central role in advancing toward a future where robust collaboration is the norm and where we rebalance the responsibility for cybersecurity to be more effective and more equitable.


HHS Office for Civil Rights Issues Resources for Health Care Providers and Patients to Help Educate Patients about Telehealth and the Privacy and Security of Protected Health Information

Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), issued two resource documents to help explain to patients the privacy and security risks to their protected health information (PHI) when using telehealth services and ways to reduce these risks.

This Year’s Health Care Data Breaches Set To Outpace Last Year

As of July 23, health care “organizations covered by HIPAA have reported more than 330 breaches affecting 43 million people, Politico reported July 24,” Becker’s Hospital Review reports. These “2023 data breaches, reported to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, are closing in on 2022’s total of more than 52 million, according to the report.” Due to such, “U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said he is working on legislation that could set minimum cybersecurity standards for the healthcare sector.”

FTC and HHS Warn Hospital Systems and Telehealth Providers about Privacy and Security Risks from Online Tracking Technologies

The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) are cautioning hospitals and telehealth providers about the privacy and security risks related to the use of online tracking technologies integrated into their websites or mobile apps that may be impermissibly disclosing consumers’ sensitive personal health data to third parties.


ChatGPT Comes Under Investigation by Federal Trade Commission

WASHINGTON—The Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether OpenAI’s ChatGPT has harmed people by publishing false information about them, posing a potential legal threat to the popular app that can generate eerily humanlike content using artificial intelligence.