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
Security Rule

Press Release 02/19/03:
PSI and SHP Form Alliance to Provide HIPAA Certification Support Services to the Healthcare Industry

Published Article: Information Security Magazine, February 2003:
"Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk: Five Tips to Win Friends and Influence C-Level Execs in Your Organization


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Packaged HIPAA Security and Privacy Support Services

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 provides for the protection of patients’ health care information. In response to growing demand for security expertise in health care, Practical Security Inc. (PSI) provides a full line of HIPAA support services for small and medium sized health care organizations. The new services are focused around self-certification support using published HIPAA security criteria.

The government has not approved any organization to certify covered entities in compliance with HIPAA security requirements but strongly recommends “self-certification.” Self-certification is documented in a letter signed by the organization’s executive management and compliance officer. This letter clearly states management's responsibility for the effectiveness of the information security control structure.

The HIPAA Audit is the first step of a three-step process towards self-certification. The second step is for the self-certifying entity to correct required items and the third step is to have PSI confirm that all required items have been corrected before creating and signing a self-certification letter.

HIPAA Security Audit

This security audit includes a HIPAA gap analysis and Business Impact Analysis (BIA) based on the security provisions of section 142.308 of HIPAA. This section describes the administrative, physical, and technical control measures required to protect confidentiality (security), integrity, and availability of protected health information (PHI).

HIPAA Self-Certification Checkup

PSI returns periodically to reassess security controls and processes. This meets the expectation of due diligence recommended in the published HIPAA guidance documents.

Third Party Review

Objectivity is crucial to the validity of the self-certification. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has strongly recommended outside review of compliance in self-certification. Practical Security, Inc. acts as an external party with adequate training regarding generally accepted security guidelines and principles.



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