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Kirk Nahra Comments on New HHS Standards for Cybersecurity  

January 7, 2019

Kirk J. Nahra, chair of Wiley Rein’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, was quoted by Law360 in a January 3 article on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ new four-volume guide aimed at providing voluntary cybersecurity standards to healthcare organizations.

Released at the end of the year,  the guide was produced in collaboration with the private sector, and addresses key cyberthreats, offers methods to reduce risks, and urges all industry stakeholders to take preventive measures to address the range of cybersecurity challenges, according to Law360.

However, the recommendations will ultimately only be useful  if companies take the necessary steps such as monitoring their activities and systems, analyzing potential vulnerabilities, and staying on top of business and technological developments, Mr. Nahra said. 

“The issues in this area often aren’t driven by a lack of knowledge — they are driven by a lack of resources and attention,” said Mr. Nahra. “Raising awareness of these issues and how best to combat them is important. Making it easier to understand the risks and options is important. But there is no substitute for companies digging in and paying attention to these concerns and then creating thoughtful approaches to mitigating risks in their own business operations.”

The article can be found here (subscription required).