A new initiative from healthcare industry security consortium HITRUST seeks to analyze the methods, severity and pervasiveness of cyber threats and hacking attacks within healthcare organizations.

The program, called Cyber Discovery, seeks more than 200 provider and payer organizations to use free software from security vendor Trend Micro to collect threat data from their networks and have HITRUST analyze it.

The scope of HITRUST’s research will focus on detecting advanced persistent threats and perpetrators, analyzing malware and other threats, and attacks against specific data types, organizations and industry segments.

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Trend Micro will share with participants the threat information found on their own networks, including forensics data on what has been happening on the networks, such as patterns and pervasiveness, and recommendations for forensic analysis.

In return, participants will regularly submit anonymized data to HITRUST for analytical purposes. Applications to participate now are available and a 90-day period to collect participants’ threat data begins on May 1. HITRUST expects to publish an initial report of findings and recommendations in September. More information is available here.

Other services from the organization include guidance to de-identify healthcare data; free monthly cyber threat briefings in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services; the launching of real but harmless attacks on a participating organization to assess how well it recognizes and responds to the attack (benevolent hacking); Cyber Threat XChange, an automated service to collect, analyze and share threat data; and CyberVision software, which aids in assessing threats in unique environments to find the one or two percent of threats that are most dangerous.

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