Children’s Medical Center to Participate in Mock Cyberattack

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas will join eleven other healthcare organizations in putting their cybersecurity plans to the test during a series of mock cyberattacks this year, Bloomberg reports.

“We’ve seen a steady increase in attacks on health organizations, and the industry as a whole has responded well,” said Daniel Nutkis, chief executive officer for the Health Information Trust Alliance, the cybersecurity organization coordinating the mock attacks. “Now the maturity of that response has reached the point where we need to get an understanding of what’s being truly effective and what these organizations are ready for.”

HITRUST will unleash “a little of everything” on the health IT systems and medical devices of the 12 organizations. Participating in the event are: the Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s, CVS Caremark, Express Scripts, Health Care Service Corp., Highmark, Humana, UnitedHealth Group, WellPoint, and others.

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