HITRUST CSF Assurance Program
The HITRUST CSF Assurance Program delivers simplified compliance assessment and reporting for HIPAA, HITECH, state, and business associate requirements. Leveraging the Common Security Framework (CSF), the program provides healthcare organizations and their business associates with a common approach to manage security assessments that creates efficiencies and contains costs associated with multiple and varied assurance requirements.
The CSF Assurance Program includes the risk management oversight and assessment methodology governed by HITRUST and designed for the unique regulatory and business needs of the healthcare industry. Assessments can be performed using MyCSF a fully integrated, optimized and user-friendly tool which marries the content and methodologies of the HITRUST CSF and CSF Assurance Program with the technology and capabilities of a governance, risk and compliance (GRC) tool.
For organizations wanting to quickly and efficiently assess their security controls to understand their risk exposure, the self-assessment option available through HITRUST is the only practical means of achieving this through a common and accepted approach. Organizations can perform a baseline, comprehensive or detailed control assessment using MyCSF and receive a self assessment report from HITRUST. MyCSF also provides organizations with the capability to see how their MyCSF Assessment scores compare to the scores of similar organizations or the industry as a whole and manage their remediation efforts in MyCSF Plus.
Assisting in the documentation of findings and preparation of reports are CSF Assessors - those organizations uniquely qualified to deliver services under the CSF Assurance Program.
CSF Assurance Program benefits include:
- Reduced costs and complexity. Through the adoption of a common set of security objectives and assessment processes, the CSF Assurance Program streamlines how healthcare organizations manage business-associate compliance. Business associates can assess once and report to their many constituents, while healthcare organizations and other external parties benefit from a more complete and effective assessment process.
- Managed risk. Through a commercially reasonable process, organizations will achieve increased insight into their internal and third-party risks. By freeing resources from reacting to new requirements and audits, organizations can take a proactive approach focusing on the other building blocks of an effective security management program.
- Simplified compliance. Organizations benefit from a consistent and efficient approach for reporting compliance with internal stakeholders, HIPAA, HITECH, state, and business associates.