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HHS issues cooperative agreements in hopes of streamlining cyber threat information sharing

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded cooperative agreements totaling $350,000, as part of a continuing effort to provide the health care and public health sector with tools to identify and respond to cybersecurity threats. 

Both cooperative agreements were awarded to the National Health Information Sharing Analysis Center (NH-ISAC) of Ormond Beach, Florida. The purpose of the first cooperative agreement, issued by HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, is to provide cybersecurity information and education on cyber threats to health care sector stakeholders. HSS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response awarded the second cooperative agreement to NH-ISAC to help build the infrastructure necessary to disseminate cyber threat information securely to health care partners.

The result will be a streamlined cyber threat information sharing process whereby HHS will be able to send information to a single entity, which in turn will share this information widely with other health care organizations. This system is particularly beneficial for smaller health care providers that otherwise might not have the resources to enlist the help of information sharing and analysis organizations.

The full HHS press release can be accessed here.

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