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Welcome to the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HPH SCC) Cyber Security Working Group (CWG).

The HPH SCC is recognized by the Secretary of Health and Human Services as the critical infrastructure industry partner with the government under Presidential Policy Directive 21 for coordinating strategic and policy approaches to preparing for, responding to, and recovering from significant cyber and physical threats to the sector. These include natural, technological and manmade disasters, and national or regional health crises.  The HPH SCC represents the major healthcare associations and their stakeholders, including publicly accessible healthcare facilities and private practices, health plans and payers, blood, lab, pharmacy and other suppliers, funeral homes and mass fatality managers, research centers, manufacturers, and other physical assets and vast, complex public-private information technology systems required to support care delivery and the rapid, secure transmission and storage of large amounts of HPH data.

The mission of the HSCC CWG is to collaborate with the Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies to develop and encourage adoption of recommendations and guidance for policy, regulatory and market-driven strategies to facilitate collective mitigation of cybersecurity threats to the sector that affect patient safety, security, and privacy, and consequently, national confidence in the healthcare system.

The partnership offers many resources to help owners and operators manage risks, improve security, and aid the implementation and execution of protective and response measures across the Healthcare Sector.


HPH Sector Coordinating Council Organization

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council is comprised of six basic subsectors, representing a significant portion of the nation’s healthcare system. Subsectors typically meet quarterly to identify and address the business, information, and networking needs of customers, members, and member organizations.

New members are encouraged to join several HPH SCC working groups. Joint standing working groups, which include members of both government and sector coordinating councils bring partners together to tackle shared needs, such as Risk Management and Cyber Security.

A full list of members can be found on the CIPAC Charters and Membership website.

HPH SCC Subsectors

  • Direct Patient Healthcare
  • Health Plans and Payers
  • Mass Fatality Management Services
  • Health Information and Medical Technology
  • Laboratories, Blood and Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical Materials Coordinating Group

Working Groups

  • Risk Management
  • Cyber Security

Cybersecurity Working Group Membership

Sector-Specific Plan Goals and Successes

As part of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan, the health care sector and Department of Health of Human Services developed its sector specific plan, which describes the health care sector, its threats and vulnerabilities, and plans to mitigate those threats and vulnerabilities.

Healthcare and Public Health Sector-Specific Plan