Another annual conference is in the books as HITRUST 2016 drew to a close last week.

The conference featured great presentations, fantastic panel discussions and impressive attendance from some of the world’s top healthcare professionals as all attendees engaged in a unique opportunity to network and share valuable insights on the issues facing our industry.

The sessions covered a wide range of relevant topics including cybersecurity preparedness, risk management, privacy protection issues, and much more. Below are the top 20 tips from the presenters and panelists which were outlined during this prestigious event:

  • Keep cybersecurity on your agenda (learn more)
  • Do your math homework for risk management (learn more)
  • Have a risk management and incident response plan and exercise it (learn more)
  • Train, train, train—and then train some more (learn more)
  • Continue to share information and threat intelligence (learn more)
  • Know the scope of your pending OCR phase 2 audits (learn more)
  • Understand the logistics and mechanics of the incident response process (learn more)
  • Start preparing your questionnaire and supporting documentation to address third party risk (learn more)
  • Be proactive and define what a “comprehensive assessment” means (learn more)
  • Adhere to the encryption requirements (learn more)
  • Get your BA listing and agreements in order (learn more)
  • Don’t skimp on your BA due diligence (learn more)
  • Remember, you can’t hide from an audit (learn more)
  • Put your best foot forward; it’s all about your behavior (learn more)
  • Take advantage of this opportunity (learn more)
  • Keep current backups and air gap them (learn more)
  • Separate home from work to safeguard credentials (learn more)
  • When a breach occurs, don’t rush to unplug the system(s) (learn more)
  • Anticipate the need (and timing required) to re-build critical servers (learn more)
  • Don’t go poking around to see what happened when malware strikes (learn more)

These tips are designed to help healthcare professionals get a grasp on health security, privacy, and risk. This HITRUST conference proved highly relevant and extremely valuable to all professionals concerned with the health industry’s ongoing efforts to protect health data and other personally-identifiable information from the cyber threats targeting our businesses and institutions.

For a much more in-depth review of the event, please visit the HITRUST Blog by HITRUST Independent Security Journalist Sean Martin.

For those of you who could not attend the conference this year, presentations for HITRUST 2016 are now available here on our website.

We look forward to seeing you at HITRUST 2017!