Senators questioned whether the Department of Health and Human Services’ cyber command center is duplicating DHS efforts
The WannaCry ransomware attack wreaked havoc across the globe in May, and particularly affected the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. In the United States, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) led a coordinated response, portending stronger coordination with private-sector healthcare.
The HCCIC, designed as a healthcare-focused cousin of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), is supposed to serve as a central hub for monitoring cyberthreats to the healthcare sector and to share information with the private secto. The HCCIC involves increased investment in cybersecurity equipment and personnel for HHS and elevates the importance of cybersecurity within the department.