OREM, Utah, Feb. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Data breaches in the healthcare sector were up in 2018 compared to the previous year. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, health-related breaches accounted for 29.3% of all compromises. In all, there were 363 healthcare data breaches in the US resulting in over 9 million records lost.
Health organizations face unique challenges when complying with HIPAA requirements, especially Security, Privacy, and Breach Notification Rules. Healthcare practices and networks are busy, vary in size and resources, and are frequent data breach targets. These organizations need a resource that will help them understand and implement security measures they must take to keep protected health information (PHI) safe.
SecurityMetrics released their 2019 Guide to HIPAA compliance to help health organizations gain a foundational knowledge of HIPAA, organize their compliance efforts, train employees, and prevent data breaches. The updated 2019 guide includes new insights from HIPAA security analysts and updated survey data from healthcare organizations. The guide simplifies important elements from the HIPAA Security, Breach Notification, and Privacy Rules, including:
Incident response plans
Business associate agreements
Mobile device security
SecurityMetrics CEO Brad Caldwell says, "The number of cyber attacks on the healthcare sector continues to increase. We update and release our free HIPAA guide each year to help all sizes of organizations in the healthcare sector strengthen and adapt their cyber defense tactics to keep up with insidious hacker threats."
SecurityMetrics helps customers close data security and compliance gaps to avoid data breaches. They provide managed data security services and are certified to help customers achieve the highest data security and compliance standards. As an Approved Scanning Vendor, Qualified Security Assessor, Certified Forensic Investigator, and Managed Security provider SecurityMetrics guides organizations through data security testing and compliance mandates (HIPAA, PCI, GDPR). With over 15 years of forensic investigations, penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, and compliance audits, SecurityMetrics has tested over 1 million systems for vulnerabilities. The privately held company is headquartered in Orem, Utah where it maintains a Security Operations Center (SOC) and 24/7 multilingual technical support.