By Stephen Trout, , HIPAA Blog, Resources

Regulatory Compliance | Risk Assessment | Information Assurance | Password Management

When providing services to HIPAA clients, guidelines have to be followed and rules put into place; this requires someone that can manage these restrictive measures and become intimately familiar with the processes involved.

Professionals who have obtained the CISSP credentials possess this knowledge, with expertise in the field of security which can help organizations to heighten their security awareness within a hosted environment.

Corporate security officers are responsible for the oversight and management of all regulatory compliance issues within the organization. Security controls should be implemented, along with established policies & procedures, security audits, and technical evaluations.

Key elements of a security plan include the following items:

  1. Providing credentials in a secure manner
  2. Automated regulatory compliance reporting
  3. Identifying processes to determine risk factors
  4. Adherence to corporate standards and policies

Cloud Service Providers that are hosting for HIPAA clients are required by federal law to enforce these parameters in order to properly protect patient data and health information. Having the resources of an on-site CISSP staff member can greatly improve the effectiveness of these security enhancements.

HIPAA-related information is located on the following websites: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These are valuable resources for becoming more familiar with the rules and regulations set forth to implement appropriate security measures in the protection of hosting HIPAA data.

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Stephen is an award-winning writer with a depth of experience in healthcare security and HIPAA compliance. In addition to writing for HIPAA Vault, his work has been published in Security Magazine, New England Society for Healthcare Communications, and others. Stephen has a degree in Engineering from Temple University, and can be reached at