Editor’s Note: See, Why OIRA Needs to Coordinate Federal Cyber Security Regulation. Cross-posted from FISMA Focus/Regulatory Cybersecurity.
Cyber ransom attacks panic hospitals, alarm Congress
By Arthur Allen
But now, American hospitals face weekly ransom threats. If they don’t pay up, files get frozen, surgeries delayed and patients sent across town. One of these days, someone could die as a result. And no one in government has a clear plan to handle it.
Desperate hospitals have asked the feds for new financial incentives to boost their security. But Congress seems in no mood to cough up the necessary billions. It created a task force to come up with a report on how an alphabet soup of federal agencies can establish a chain of command for health care security.