Hacker Tests on MHS GENESIS Prompt Pentagon to Remedy Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

“The Defense Department, which is spending $5.4 billion to overhaul its electronic health records system, has created a working group to remedy new cybersecurity vulnerabilities discovered last fall by a team of military hackers and information technology specialists.”

“The tests found the Military Healthcare System Genesis, which will eventually serve more than 9 million beneficiaries at dozens of military hospitals and hundreds of clinics, was still “not survivable” when the system was hit with staged attacks…”

“3 Staged Attacks

The team waged three successful cyberattacks on the MHS Genesis during a hacking test in September, according to Behler, though full details are classified. Last year, Behler warned that earlier system testing indicated cyber vulnerabilities that could lead to stolen and lost patient records.”

“The working group was then created by the Pentagon’s Healthcare Management System Modernization Office to shore up the vulnerabilities. It includes the prime contractor on the records overhaul, Leidos Holdings Inc., and the health IT company Cerner Corp., which is part of the contract the department first signed in 2015. Accenture Federal Services and Henry Schein Inc. are also major contractors on the project…” Read the full article here.

Source: Hacker Tests Prompt Pentagon to Remedy Vulnerable Health Files – By Travis Tritten, December 19, 2019. Bloomberg Government.



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