HITRUST publishes cybersecurity guideline

The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has published a guidance document to assist healthcare providers in assessing their organization's state of cybersecurity preparedness.

The guidance identifies a subset of controls within the HITRUST common security framework that are most directly related to detecting and thwarting cyber-related breaches, according to the organization. It also aims to help organizations to make assessments about their cyber-specific privacy and security capabilities.

HITRUST is requesting industry comment prior to its annual meeting scheduled May 15-17 in San Francisco, at which time it will finalize the document.

The cybersecurity preparedness guidance was prepared by the HITRUST Cybersecurity Working Group, which was established to review the organization's common security framework, and ensure that the controls incorporate best practices consistent with the various risk factors related to cybersecurity for healthcare organizations, the alliance said.

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