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Building a robust cybersecurity posture is challenging. But what’s more challenging is earning the trust of internal and external stakeholders in your cybersecurity programs.  

If you’re looking for a way to enhance your organization’s cybersecurity posture and demonstrate your commitment to protecting sensitive data, you may want to consider obtaining a HITRUST certification. HITRUST is widely recognized as the gold standard for security, compliance, and risk management in various industries, from healthcare to finance to education.  

But why exactly should you place your trust in HITRUST? Here are five compelling reasons.  

1.  Lowers the chances of a security breach 

HITRUST has established a comprehensive assurance program that allows organizations to demonstrate they have the necessary cyber resilience capabilities to protect, detect, respond, and recover from potential cyberattacks. A resulting certification helps to boost stakeholders’ confidence in your cybersecurity programs.  

But don’t just take our word for it. Data revealed in the HITRUST 2024 Trust Report show that less than 1% (0.64%) of organizations that achieved HITRUST certifications have reported a security breach to HITRUST in the past two years. The relevance and reliability of HITRUST assurances empower you to trust its effectiveness.    

2.  Aligns best practices from trusted sources  

One of the key benefits of HITRUST certifications is that they are based on HITRUST’s universal framework, the HITRUST CSF. The CSF harmonizes best practices, controls, and frameworks that address specific risks. The latest version of the CSF incorporates standards and regulations from various authoritative sources, such as HIPAA, NIST, PCI-DSS, ISO, and GDPR. This enables your organization to streamline compliance efforts and avoid duplication and gaps.  

3.  Foresees emerging threats  

As cyber threats become more complex and diverse, it becomes crucial to adopt a proactive approach to security rather than a reactive one. That’s why, the cyber threat-adaptive HITRUST CSF is constantly updated. HITRUST leverages threat intelligence data from the MITRE ATT&CK framework. It ensures that the HITRUST CSF stays relevant in the evolving threat landscape so that your organization stays on top of the latest developments and best practices.  

4.  Follows a high-quality review process 

Each HITRUST assessment undergoes a comprehensive quality review prior to certification. This meticulous process affirms that certified systems have met the HITRUST requirements. The quality review is essential to maintaining the integrity and value of HITRUST certifications, offering an unmatched level of trust and reliability.   

5.  Fosters continuous improvement 

HITRUST certification does not represent a one-time achievement but a commitment to continuous improvement. Data in the Trust Report show that organizations remediated 92% of HITRUST-identified control deficiencies within a year of achieving an r2 certification. HITRUST encourages organizations not only to identify and address current security gaps but also to constantly enhance their cybersecurity measures. HITRUST’s proactive approach to cybersecurity exemplifies its role in shaping a more secure and resilient digital landscape.  

Key takeaway  

The HITRUST 2024 Trust Report shows that a HITRUST certification reduces the risk of an organization experiencing a data breach. The significance of this statistic cannot be overstated. In an era where digital threats are increasingly sophisticated, achieving a HITRUST certification is not just a mark of compliance— it’s a testament to an organization’s dedication to safeguarding sensitive information. HITRUST offers invaluable assurance, providing peace of mind to stakeholders and reinforcing trust within the digital ecosystem.  

If you’re interested in learning more about why HITRUST assurances are trustworthy and reliable, check out the full HITRUST 2024 Trust Report 

Don’t let cyber threats hold you back. Get a HITRUST certification and stay ahead of the curve. 

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