In today’s world of cybercrime, you want to be at least one step ahead of the criminals. Unfortunately, today they can be internal as well as external and even a good employee could commit a criminal act. How do you protect your company? A comprehensive audit review will help evaluate your infrastructure for any weaknesses and report back recommendations for improvement. This annual event is critical to self-protection.
Your HIPPA compliance audit is very structured with three areas to be concerned with: Administrative, Physical and Technical safeguards. Administrative reviews the policies and procedures you have in place. Physical safeguards focus on physical access both internal employees and any third-party vendors. The last area is Technical Safeguards meaning what is the technology that is used to protect electronic health information. Is it encrypted to the standard? Follow the checklist and avoid potential breaches and hefty fines.
PCI Compliance unlike HIPAA is not government regulated. The credit card brands put in place mandates and there are fines for failing to comply to PCI standards. PCI is about protecting credit card numbers and is targeted towards all businesses that process, store and or transmit payment card data. You can find third-party companies to assist in the compliance certification process.
Finally, FedRAMP is for any organization that does business with the federal government. You can do it yourself and get certified and risk missing a compliance element or you can partner with a 3PAO who can guide you through the long and complex certification process. Depends on how much time and money you want to invest.
Today compliance is taken seriously and it is a constant effort to stay ahead of the curve. Find a quality certified auditor to help you maintain your certifications and you will at least minimize breaches; no sure way you can eliminate breaches completely.
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