How Does the Senate’s Recent Cybersecurity Bill Impact the Healthcare Sector?

How Does The Senate’s Recent Cybersecurity Bill Impact the Healthcare Sector?

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by Alan Jackson — 2 months ago in Health 2 min. read
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Cybersecurity is something that continues to grow as more and more people are utilizing digital services for their day-to-day routine. It’s only natural that the average homeowner would use online banking and various other services, as it allows you to get the job done without leaving the house. It’s undoubtedly quite efficient, but it does increase the risk of overall cyber incidents.

With the recent cybersecurity bill, there’s more focus on cyber incidents, which includes a 72-hour mandate for those reporting any major cyber incidents. In addition, all civilian agencies also must report any and every cyber attack to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

The question here is how exactly does the senate’s recent cybersecurity bill impact the healthcare sector, as well as how realistic it might be to report within the 72-hour mandate.

What Counts as a Major Incident?

Like most other law bills, those passed typically rely on the specific print regarding what is enforced and what isn’t. For example, in the case of what counts as a significant incident, a doctor having issues with their account or perhaps losing the laptop they use in the hospital is likely not to require the mandate. On the other hand, if a hospital is attacked by malware that proceeds to disrupt specific systems, it will likely fall under the bill.

When it comes to what falls explicitly under major incidents, there are still developments being made. Once the bill comes into law, the healthcare sector will have to figure out how to manage such a thing effectively and what changes need to be made.

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Why Such A Bill might be Considered an Additional Burden

While the bill seeks to increase the overall response time for cyberattacks, it does not necessarily mean that every organization that falls under the bill can do so. The 72-hour turnaround time can be rather tricky, especially for major attacks. Such is why companies need services such as the HIPAA risk management framework to help automate and streamline the process.

When you consider that the usual turnaround time is 60 days, it’s clear that things can get tricky once the bill is signed into law. However, even if it might be considered an extra burden, it does not mean that there’s no way to turn things around. You have plenty of opportunities, and there are services available that can help your company make the most out of business endeavors.



Keeping up to Date with Compliance and Laws

The healthcare sector will undoubtedly have a challenging time adhering and staying compliant. Therefore, it’s a good idea for business owners of every industry to stay up to date with compliance and laws and look for ways to help streamline the overall process.

Compliance is not to be taken lightly, and the sooner you push for automation and integration, the easier things will get. Only time will tell whether the bill will seriously affect how the healthcare sector operates, though the quick turnaround times can and will be overwhelming at the beginning.

Alan Jackson

Alan is content editor manager of The Next Tech. He loves to share his technology knowledge with write blog and article. Besides this, He is fond of reading books, writing short stories, EDM music and football lover.

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