Computer Crime, Cyberterrorism, and Law Enforcement
When: April 2, 2003
Where: San Diego, CA
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Press Release 03/11/03:
Practical Security Inc Releases
Paper Discussing Final HIPAA
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Press Release
March 11, 2002

Practical Security, Inc. Releases Paper Discussing
HIPAA Final Security Rule

Free paper provides early analysis of this important new rule and how health care organizations must handle it

Practical Security, Inc. (PSI) today announced the availability of a white paper discussing the final security rule for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The paper, "Rightsizing HIPAA Security Compliance," is currently under peer review for publication in the summer issue of the Journal of Health Information Management. It is available for free download at

On February 13, 2003 the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson signed the final security rule for HIPAA. The final security rule outlines 18 standards covering 36 implementation specifications protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of individually identifiable health information.

This paper addresses how much security is appropriate to meet compliance and how to make defensible decisions in HIPAA implementation for healthcare organizations of all sizes. The law recognizes that it is not possible to protect an organization from everything so the paper provides guidance on how to determine the elements an organization should focus on. It also covers specific recommendations for addressing security and privacy requirements based on these organizational-specific needs.

Paul E. Proctor, president of Practical Security, said, “This paper is timely and appropriate for health organizations both large and small to understand the final security rule and its ramifications.” Proctor added, “There is no privacy without security.”

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About Practical Security Inc.
Founded in 2002, Practical Security Inc. (PSI) is an information security services company dedicated to helping organizations of all sizes secure their mission critical information technology assets. Practical Security provides a practical and educational advantage to companies seeking ways to safeguard their information assets by helping employees at all levels be better prepared to detect, analyze and prevent IT security breaches. For more information on PSI, visit

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