Originally published May 15, 2019 at CISO MAG.

ClearDATA, a cloud-based healthcare cybersecurity and compliance provider, recently announced that it partnered with the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council Cybersecurity Working Group (HSCC) to establish frameworks and best practices to minimize the risks of cyber threats across the healthcare industry.

ClearDATA helps healthcare organizations and professionals globally in protecting their sensitive information and critical applications which are available across the public cloud platforms. It provides a unique platform to build a secure and compliant digital health infrastructure in various HSCC task groups including Medical Device Security, Supply Chain, Telemedicine, Cybersecurity Best Practices, Regulation, and Future Gazing. ClearDATA claims that its innovative platform of solutions and services protect its clients from data privacy risks and scale their healthcare IT infrastructure on a regular basis.

The new collaboration allows ClearDATA to work within HSCC to increase the national confidence in the healthcare system by enhancing technology and policy frameworks that mitigate cybersecurity threats.

Commenting on the new alliance, Chris Bowen, the founder and Chief Privacy & Security Officer at ClearDATA said, “As a leader focused exclusively on the healthcare cloud, it is important for us to contribute in ways to make healthcare better. Partnering with the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) gives us a seat at the table to contribute, serve and make patient data more resilient ultimately improving the patient experience.”

“There is a shared responsibility among healthcare stakeholders for patient safety and by collaborating across the public and private sectors, with new members like ClearDATA, we are able to build a ‘security-by-design’ framework for health tech innovation,” said Greg Garcia, executive director of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC), Cybersecurity Working Group.

A recent report revealed that health care organizations suffered the highest number of data breaches in 2018 across any sector of the U.S. economy. According to Beazley Breach Response, a breach response management and information security insurance solutions provider, the healthcare entities have reported the highest number of data breaches, at 41 percent. The report, dubbed as Beazley Breach Insights Report, stated that direct hacking, the presence of malware, or due to human error were the causes of data breaches in healthcare organizations.

The report also revealed the percentage of breaches in other sectors of the economy. The education sector accounted for 10 percent of security issues, financial institutionsreported 20 percent of incidents, and professional services represent 13 percent of cases.

The cybercriminals are attempting to extort cryptocurrency from companies or individuals claiming to have embarrassing evidence of people using adult websites at work, which are related to extortion, the report added.