HIPAA Compliant Environment

One of the trendy marketing terms being used by equipment and service providers in the security space is “HIPAA Compliant Environment.” It’s usually used to describe items like highly secure protocols, including operational environment controls, workload (VM and application) hardening, data at rest and in transit protection, identity, and access management.

All of these tools are very useful to ensure privacy and security in the use, storage, and transmission of protected health information (PHI). But security and compliance are not the same things. Here are the things to consider to help evolve beyond a HIPAA Compliant Environment and create a Culture of Compliance that adds value to your organization.

HIPAA Compliant Environment or a Culture of Compliance – Super Security Kryptonite

Let’s say you allocate resources to build the ultimate network for your organization. It has the highest-speed internet access, bulletproof VPNs, the latest computer technology, security protections that rival the CIA, encryption, multi-factor authentication…literally anything you can think of to ensure total security.

All of the time, effort, and money that it took to build the perfect system can be undermined simply by allowing a human being to access it. Nearly 80 percent of HIPAA violations happen because of administrative failures. The technology has no chance of succeeding if the people who operate do the wrong things.

People send billing information to the wrong patient. People share passwords and share access with staff members who shouldn’t have it. People click on links in emails promising “free $100 Amazon gift cards” that secretly install malware, spyware, or ransomware.

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