The HITRUST Shared Responsibility Matrix® (HITRUST SRM) is built on the industry’s first vendor-agnostic Shared Responsibility Model especially suited for cloud assurance with a standard set of core principles and common taxonomy to equip cloud-hosted and other service providers and their relying customers with a clear, consistent and pragmatic blueprint for navigating and coming to ready and reasonable agreement on the distribution of cloud control ownership and allocation of shared responsibilities. The HITRUST SRM—as a baseline template, or that which, has been adapted (or tailored) to HITRUST-compliant shared control environments—provides an “out-of-box” customer responsibility matrix containing pre-qualified controls inheritance assertions that are applied to the full spectrum of technical and non-technical security and privacy controls offered by the HITRUST CSF. Further, as a trusted industry benchmark and with its adoption by leading HITRUST-Certified cloud providers, the HITRUST SRM supplements External Inheritance as the unique feature enabled by MyCSF providing an Assess Once, Inherit Many™ capability—the optimal and highly efficient means for third-party controls reliance that significantly saves time, effort and cost of HITRUST assessments with the prospect of inheriting up to 60% of their cloud-hosted controls.
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“External Inheritance” is functionality offered by the HITRUST MyCSF platform that enables a HITRUST customer, as an assessed entity, to inherit HITRUST CSF controls, testing results, associated maturity scores, and commentary from another provider directly into the assessed entity’s HITRUST Validated Assessment.
“External Inheritance Provider” is an organizational user, qualified affiliate, or agent (i.e., external assessor) of a Provider that has a HITRUST Validated Assessment enabled for External Inheritance.
“Inheriting Customer” is a Relying Customer, as an assessed entity, actively pursuing a HITRUST Validated Assessment that utilizes External Inheritance.
“HITRUST Shared Responsibility Model” is a standard methodology and associated taxonomy for evaluating shared responsibility of common control ownership between providers and their customers based on a distinct set of inheritance assertions and qualifying types of shared control implementation use cases.
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