HITRUST Certification Made Easier

You’ve seen the statistics and know that healthcare cybersecurity attacks are happening in record numbers. You know patients are increasingly anxious about healthcare data security.

Now you’ve been told by one of your most valued clients that you have to obtain HITRUST certification. You don’t know what that means or how it’s going to affect your business. This is uncharted territory for you, and you’ve heard it’s a daunting task.

What if Sword & Shield’s healthcare security experts told you we can make fulfilling HITRUST compliance requirements easier and more positive?

It’s true: From getting started to achieving certification, Sword & Shield can help.

What is HITRUST?

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) is a United States company that has partnered with leaders in the healthcare, technology, and information security sectors. It is governed by an Executive Council made up of members of organizations from across these industries.

HITRUST works in collaboration with healthcare, technology and information security leaders to establish a Common Security Framework (CSF) that can be used by all organizations that create, access, store or exchange sensitive and/or regulated data.

Its primary purpose is to promote and maintain the CSF.

What is the HITRUST CSF?

The HITRUST CSF is a set of security controls designed to help organizations that work with sensitive healthcare data to become more secure.

This is a standard built upon other standards and authoritative sources relevant to the healthcare industry. It is designed to consolidate the guidance of all these standards into an actionable list of the requirements needed for compliance.

The list of applicable regulations includes the following:

  • PCI Compliance
  • FISMA Compliance
  • FTC Red Flags Rule
  • Massachusetts Data Protection Act
  • Nevada Security of Personal Information Requirements
  • Texas Health & Safety Code
  • Joint Commission Accreditation
  • CMS Minimum Security Requirements (High-Level Baseline)
  • MARS-E Requirements
  • IRS Pub 1075 Compliance
  • State of California Civil Code § 1798.81.5(a)(1) HITRUST De-ID Framework Requirements
  • EHNAC Accreditation
  • Banking Requirements
  • FedRAMP Certification
  • 21 CFR Part 11

Organizations working within the healthcare industry will likely be under the jurisdiction of at least one of these regulations.  If so, earning and maintaining a HITRUST certification demonstrates that your organization’s security controls meet the healthcare industry requirements.

HITRUST CSF certification requirements aim to cover the security mandates set forth by all healthcare-related regulations. This collection of security controls outlines the necessary steps for an organization to be compliant with healthcare sector frameworks, standards, and regulations.

The HITRUST CSF is a certifiable framework. This means organizations can request an independent assessment of their security controls. The goal is to receive a certification stating that they meet the security requirements. Performing certifications is limited to organizations HITRUST has approved.

Who Needs HITRUST?

The HITRUST CSF targets organizations of all sizes that “create, access, store, or exchange Protected Health Information (PHI)”. PHI is, by nature, highly sensitive data. Lawmakers have developed numerous state, federal and international standards and regulations to control how this information can be processed, stored or communicated.

How to Become HITRUST Certified

Sword & Shield Enterprise Security partners with you to remove the mystery and uncertainty surrounding HITRUST to make compliance less “painful.” Our certified HITRUST practitioners show you how to make this a useful and productive tool.

Sword & Shield is one of a select number of HITRUST-authorized CSF assessors. We are one of only a few whose organization focuses on information security and compliance.

We supplement your staff with our team of certified professionals to provide the following HITRUST compliance services:

  • Help you select and purchase the HITRUST portal.
  • Help you accurately scope the relevant controls specific to your environment.
  • Either:
    1. Perform an assisted self-assessment in which we help you populate the portal and validate your entries, or
    2. Validate your entries after you populate the portal.

The result is HITRUST certification.

Value to Your Business

Sword & Shield’s certified HITRUST assessors take the burden off you and your staff. We take a comprehensive, flexible, and consistent approach to regulatory healthcare compliance and risk management.

Our more than 20 years as security and compliance experts empowers us to do the following for our clients:

  • Provide insight into what you can expect throughout the HITRUST validation and certification process.
  • Simplify your experience.
  • Incorporate existing recognized security and compliance frameworks such as HIPAA, NIST, ISO, and PCI.
  • Assess how your controls program is or is not meeting requirements. Help you provide a clear and actionable plan to fulfill them.
  • Remove a considerable amount of burden from your staff, allowing them to concentrate on their jobs.

HITRUST, GDPR and New York State Cybersecurity Requirements

In March of 2018, HITRUST released version 9.1 of the CSF. This version incorporates both GDPR and New York State Cybersecurity Requirements (NYDSF) compliance frameworks. This is part of an ongoing effort to make HITRUST more open and comprehensive.

Sword & Shield is a full-service information security and compliance consulting firm. We have teams of experts who specialize in HITRUST, HIPAAGDPRNYDSF, NIST and other compliance frameworks working together under one roof. This range of compliance expertise streamlines your experience, saves you time and money, and provides consistency of quality.

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