A new Department of Health and Human Services cybersecurity center, designed to serve as a focal point for cyber threat information collection and dissemination in the healthcare sector, was pivotal in facilitating the HHS response to last month’s global WannaCry ransomware attack, say agency officials.

The Health Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (HCCIC) was an integral part of the agency’s coordinated response to the recent WannaCry incident, providing analysis on the ransomware threat and its impact, according to Steve Curren, director for the Division of Resilience in the Office of Emergency Management at the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

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