In this conclusion of the HITRUST blog series, I would like to discuss some definite opportunities and challenges that HITRUST is likely to face. Putting together a single prescriptive framework for the healthcare industry is truly an ambitious effort. However, cross-referencing this framework with different regulatory requirements and then proposing a mechanism by which companies can be certified against this framework takes any such ambitions to a whole new level. The good news is that many of the healthcare industry’s biggest organizations have gotten onboard and made significant contributions to this effort.
As a continuation of the HITRUST blog series, in this post I would like to explore the concept of certification, and what it means. So, by now I hope you’ve followed my advice and have been browsing the framework up and down. Perhaps you generated a few reports that show you just how easy it is to identify controls for each regulatory requirements and standard. You are now a CSF Ninja and have mastered the framework engine, and now you are ready for bringing the idea of HITRUST certification to your organization.
As a continuation of the HITRUST blog series, in this post I would like to take a closer look at the Common Security Framework CSF, and what it’s all about. The CSF is designed based on the ISO/IEC 27001:2005 and ISO/IEC 27002:2005 standards. Additionally, the framework currently includes: NIST 800 series of standards ISO/IEC 27799:2008 Health Informatics COBIT PCI HIPAA HITECH Act FTC 16 Red Flags Rules HITECH is planning to add other regulatory requirements and standards, such as EHNAC’s Healthcare Network Accreditation Program (HNAP-EHN), Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel, and CMS Information Security (IS).
HITRUST is rapidly gaining popularity in the healthcare and security consulting fields, and NetSPI is investing significant resources in developing services that will assist clients in taking advantage of the new Common Security Framework (CSF), as well as in achieving all the benefits of optimizing information security programs against an industry-developed and accepted framework. As a way of introducing this new development, I will write a series of blog posts intended to familiarize anyone interested with just what HITRUST and the CSF are all about.
Mozilla is known to most people for its open-source and free software, most notably Firefox. However, starting around August 4th, it also became known as yet another company whose merchandise store was breached. Following the announcement on the company’s blog and closure of Mozilla’s store, the following headlines filled trade pubs and the blogosphere: “Mozilla Store Breached” – PC Magazine, “Mozilla shuts Firefox e-store after security breach” – Computerworld, and “Mozilla Store Security Breached” – InformationWeek.