The Health Information Trust (HITRUST) Alliance and Deloitte will hold cyber preparedness, education and simulation events in major cities across the U.S. The cyber town hall sessions, part of the ongoing HITRUST CyberRX 2.0 program, will provide an opportunity for healthcare organizations to learn how to assess their ability to respond effectively to cyber threats and attacks, and understand what resources are available to improve collaboration and cyber intelligence sharing.

Technology trends, coupled with a historic pattern of underinvestment in security, have made the healthcare industry a more vulnerable target for cyber criminals aiming to commit fraud or identity theft.

The “CyberRX 2.0 Cyber Town Hall” events are structured to aid healthcare organizations in better cyber threat awareness and response, and to prepare those organizations participating in the CyberRX exercise.

Launched in April 2014, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the program offers a series of industry-wide exercises that help organizations evolve their preparedness through a three-tier program. The underlying mission is to mobilize healthcare organizations and strengthen industry response against cyber attacks intended to disrupt the nation’s healthcare operations.

Town halls are planned for locations across the U.S., including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and the District of Columbia.

NACDS remains committed to keeping members apprised of ways to combat cybercrime, especially in the healthcare arena.

For more information on the town halls, visit the HITRUST website.