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The HITRUST RightStart Program for Startups

Enabling startup companies to build a solid foundation for risk management, compliance and privacy.

Risk management and compliance is a critical and challenging task for start-up companies, as implementing a program can be costly and place a significant strain on internal resources. As part of a broader initiative to assist start-ups in overcoming the daunting challenges that risk management and compliance pose, HITRUST has designed the RightStart Program to assist and guide start-up organizations through these endeavors. By utilizing the HITRUST RightStart Program, organizations can streamline their risk management and compliance process, enabling them to re-focus their resources on growth while simultaneously knowing that they are leveraging the most comprehensive compliance, security, and privacy platform in the industry.

The HITRUST CSF, the HITRUST Assurance Methodology, the HITRUST MyCSF Platform, and the HITRUST Academy combine to deliver the most comprehensive risk management solution.


HITRUST CSF – The HITRUST MyCSF incorporates the HITRUST CSF allowing organizations to perform assessments and report against the privacy and security controls of the HITRUST CSF or any one of the more than 40 authoritative sources currently included in the framework.

HITRUST Assurance Methodology – The HITRUST Assurance Program provides a simplified and consistent approach to assessments and reporting against the HITRUST CSF. This risk-based assurance approach is designed to address evolving information threats and unique regulatory and business needs of organizations while delivering an effective, standardized, and streamlined assessment process for reporting compliance and information risk posture.

HITRUST MyCSF Information Risk Management Platform – The HITRUST MyCSF Information Risk Management Platform provides global organizations of all sizes with a purposefully designed and engineered SaaS solution for performing risk assessments, corrective action plan management, enhanced benchmarking and dashboards, and integration with major GRC platforms and the HITRUST Assessment XChange.

HITRUST Academy – The HITRUST Academy offers the only training courses designed to educate security professionals about information protection and the utilization of the HITRUST CSF to manage risk. The courses are intended to prepare security professionals for assessing against the evolving compliance landscape shaped by HITECH, HIPAA, CMS, and various other federal, state, and business requirements.


A HITRUST RightStart Program organization must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a productive service or product line, or be close (this qualification is mandatory).

An organization must also meet two of the following three requirements:

  1. Incorporated or founded within the last three years
  2. Under 50 full-time employees
  3. And revenue under $10M

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Download the HITRUST CSF

The HITRUST Approach is built upon the comprehensive and scalable HITRUST CSF framework, which helps organizations of all sizes implement and enhance information risk management and compliance programs. For eligible organizations, the HITRUST CSF is available to download free of charge.


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