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Health info sharing center to lead cybersecurity education effort

By Joseph Conn
Posted: December 26, 2011 - 12:01 am ET

The not-for-profit National Health Information Sharing & Analysis Center will lead an effort to develop a cybersecurity educational framework and support programs that will build the country's cybersecurity workforce and help better protect the nation's health information infrastructure.

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Dubbed the National Healthcare & Public Health Cybersecurity Education Framework, the program will use a series of regional workshops to develop educational programs for students in grades kindergarten through 12 as well as for persons already in the workforce, according to the center's executive director, Deborah Kobza.

The program will leverage the efforts of the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework developed by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, or NICE. The National Institute of Standards and Technology leads more than 20 federal departments and agencies in developing the NICE initiative.

The National Health Information Sharing & Analysis Center is one of 18 national information-sharing and analysis centers established by a 2003 order by President George W. Bush. Each of the 18 centers focus on a specific technology-dependent "critical infrastructure" or "key resource" to "provide 24/7 monitoring—gathering, analyzing and disseminating reliable and timely physical and cybersecurity threat and vulnerability information," according to the group's website.

The health center is located in a business park at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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