Health Information Management

PPV: Continuous assessments ensure success with security

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 17, 2007

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Many covered entities (CE) performed a risk analysis as part of their initial efforts to comply with the HIPAA security rule in 2005. But many then shelved the report and haven't dusted it off since that first big push. That's a big mistake, security experts say.

"There's nothing in security that you can do once," says Kate Borten, CISSP, CISM, and president of the Marblehead Group, a consulting firm in Marblehead, MA. "Risk assessment never stops. This is supposed to be ongoing."

A risk assessment attempts to

  • identify all the possible threats your systems face
  • rank threats in priority of importance
  • offer solutions to threats
  • To read more about conducting a risk assessment, click here. Subscribers to Briefings on HIPPA can sign-on for access.



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