Compliance vs. Information Security

Compliance vs Information Security

Compliance helps to ensure information security and vice versa. While many facets of compliance and information security overlap, there are differences. Part of being compliant also requires organizations to implement information security measures to ensure the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of protected health information. So compliance and information security go hand-in-hand.

Where Do Compliance and Information Security Intersect?

Information security focuses on implementing effective technical controls to protect an organization’s sensitive data. While related to information security, compliance focuses on implementing technical controls that specifically meet regulatory requirements – such as HIPAA.

This is where compliance and information security intersect. Many compliance security requirements can be met by implementing technical controls. What technical controls are appropriate for your organization’s information security is determined by what compliance laws regulate your organization. 

For organizations subject to HIPAA – any business that has the potential to access protected health information (PHI) – the technical controls you implement must adequately secure PHI per HIPAA compliance standards.

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What Does HIPAA Say About Information Security?

A significant aspect of HIPAA compliance is keeping PHI private and secure. The HIPAA Security Rule mandates explicitly that organizations implement safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of PHI.

To implement adequate safeguards, you must first conduct a