Greg Garcia, executive director of cybersecurity at the Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council, discusses how the government is helping to “connect the dots” in healthcare cybersecurity, and how they are approaching computer risks in the industry.
One of the most critical parts of the United States’ infrastructure is the healthcare sector. As part of the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency’s mission, they will connect with the industry and help locate vulnerabilities. Greg Garcia, executive director of cybersecurity at the Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council, says that cybersecurity only recently became a big issue for health providers, and that they are working with the government to effectively protect the sector. “Only in the past five to seven years has this become such an important issue. Healthcare has been very good at some of the physical security threats. Hurricanes come through, we have to evacuate patients. We have to get pharmaceuticals into affected areas like Puerto Rico [after] Hurricane Maria, but in cybersecurity that relationship is growing,” Garcia said. “So government in HHS and DHS are there to help us connect the dots. When there are cybersecurity events or threats coming, what’s the specific impact to healthcare? And ultimately to patient safety?”