HITRUST, a healthcare industry stakeholder coalition working to improve cybersecurity, has launched its third major service during 2014.

In March, the organization started offering free monthly healthcare cyber threat briefings in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services. Last spring, it also pilot tested a cyber attack simulation exercise in which a third party launches real but harmless attacks on participating organizations’ information networks to assess how well they recognize and respond to the attack. That program is accelerating this month as about 750 healthcare organizations are participating and being attacked, with three levels of sophistication depending on each participant’s security readiness.

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