House Bill Aims to Enhance Cybersecurity at HHS

New legislation in the House would establish a chief information security officer position at the Department of Health and Human Services in an effort to beef up cybersecurity at the agency.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) and backed by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), stems from a 2015 investigation by the House Energy and Commerce Committee into the state of data security at HHS following a data breach at the Federal Drug Administration in October 2013, which revealed cybersecurity issues throughout HHS.

“We’ve developed a thoughtful solution to improve cybersecurity at HHS, based on committee findings,” Long and Matsui said in a joint statement. “We must do all we can to ensure greater security of the government’s health networks and Americans’ sensitive data.”

The two lawmakers are members of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

“It is impossible to completely eradicate the threat of cyber-attacks, but the American people deserve to know that their sensitive information is being safeguarded with the utmost security,” Long said in a separate statement.

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