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December 17, 2012

HITRUST and (ISC) Collaborate on New Healthcare Data Security Initiative

Over the last few years, the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has had a little more of a police presence in the healthcare technology field than it would have liked. Now, the organization is working hard to take a more proactive role when it comes to avoiding data breaches. 

To do this, HITRUST has partnered with (ISC)² to find a better quality of security officials who will better be able to guard their companies against the data breaches that can be so damaging. 

While the two organizations will be working to get people better trained in the security functions of the healthcare industry, there is also a focus on finding new and better ways to set up IT security certification. 

The two organizations say they also want to make sure education in the areas that are affected by data breaches is focused on in this new approach and partnership.

"Through this cooperative relationship, HITRUST and (ISC)² will work together to ensure information security professionals working in healthcare have the required skills to be successful within their organizations and careers," said Daniel Nutkis, chief executive officer at HITRUST. "Our experience has shown us that organizations with more knowledgeable security professionals manage information risks better and have more advanced information security programs. Healthcare organizations will benefit from having a simpler method to ensure their information protection professionals have the appropriate skills.”

The issues that make securing so many healthcare facilities hard to carry out are almost always purely based on the numbers. There are more than 5,754 hospitals currently registered with the American Hospital association, and 240,000 physician practices in the United States. Almost all of these healthcare facilities are going to be having differing degrees of securities in place for their technology. 

This partnership is meant to be a way for HITRUST and (ISC)² to find a better way to secure such a wide variety of facilities.

Edited by Braden Becker

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