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How to Prepare for HITRUST Certification: Gaining Organizational Support

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Why HITRUST?

More than 81 % of U.S. hospitals and health systems and 80 % of U.S. health plans use the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF). It provides implementation standard that is understood and accepted throughout the healthcare industry. Having HITRUST certification in place shows other healthcare entities that you take your security seriously.

Now what?

You and your cybersecurity colleagues have done your research. You know the HITRUST framework is top-notch and addresses federal and state regulations and several security frameworks. Executives of your organization see the value in HITRUST’s CSF that will help you assess and manage your organization’s information security. You’ve got the green light. Where do you go from here? Education. From executive leadership to front line employees everyone needs to understand and accept the level of effort and commitment it takes to properly adopt the HITRUST CSF. Organizing educational sessions with stakeholders and identifying an organizational champion (someone that is very visible, respected and influential in the organization) to assist in sending the message.

What’s next?: Engaging staff throughout the organization

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Microsoft and Intraprise Health Announce HITRUST® Community Extension Program Coming to Malvern, Pennsylvania on August 28, 2019

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Program promotes education and collaboration on risk management and third-party risk management through community outreach.

 

Microsoft and Intraprise Health have opened registration for the HITRUST Community Extension Program to be held at the Microsoft Technology Center in Malvern, PA on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Supported by HITRUST, hosted by Microsoft, and facilitated by Intraprise Health, the one-day, no cost, event will provide healthcare organizations of all types and sizes an opportunity to engage with local peers to discuss the challenges, best practices, and lessons learned in effectively implementing a risk management program, operating a third-party risk management program and improving cybersecurity practices by leveraging the HITRUST CSF® and the HITRUST Approach.

 

“We are extremely pleased to be a part of the Community Extension Program with Microsoft at their Technology Center in Malvern. These events allow us to bring together CIOs and CISOs from all over to learn and share their risk management concerns and questions regarding the HITRUST CSF certification process.” said Ryan Patrick, Senior Vice President, Intraprise Health.

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Zero Trust Architecture and the Future of Networking

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By Joshua Perri

In today’s networks, having a strong defense at the perimeter-points is not sufficient to keep your data safe. The IT landscape moves very quickly and so do the threats that we face. Strong networks will implement additional defenses to protect the internal boundary points. These additional defenses will ideally vary in strength and type between segments, which house varying sensitivity levels of data. The Healthcare industry has been slowly adopting stricter network segmentation and role-based access throughout the entirety of its networks.
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Four Tips to Help Protect your Medical Devices

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The Challenge of Medical Devices: 

Medical devices represent significant exposure and potential vulnerability to healthcare organizations.
There are thousands of medical devices in use even in small medical operations. These devices are generally made to meet a specific use, and not often created with security at top of mind. They are also essential to keep functioning in order for health systems to operate. The volume, use, and design of medical devices combine therefore to present a unique challenge for healthcare security. Read More