HITrust Assessment

HITRUST Assessment Overview

HITRUST Assessments initially based off of NIST 800-53 and HIPAA assessments have grown to encompass many other security frameworks taking a risk-based management approach to its standards and has been recognized as an industry-leading certification. HITRUST is not just for healthcare providers anymore.  

Other industry standards and practice principles benefit from this multifaceted approach by collecting relevant data for the HITRUST assessment while simultaneously gathering the same information, interviews, and evidence. This allows HITRUST to attain its motto “Audit Once, Assess Many” 

  • Certified HITRUST assessments are valid for two years pending a single interim-assessment which may be performed by MegaplanIT.
  • HITRUST assessments address increasing risks, inefficiencies, increasing costs, and consistency of reporting by culminating all relevant assessments to a single location which may be leveraged for future certifications. 

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Key Benefits:

Hi Trust Assessment

Clear and Concise reporting and scoping ensures that all standards for your organization are organized and easy to reach.

Cost savings with a single audit point and auditor ensures that multiple team meetings and/or resource drains. HITRUST CSF audits feature scalability from large corporations to smaller single office businesses as the risk based assessments allows for integrated, and harmonized requests derived from multiple authoritative sources

The HITRUST reporting certification is updated as needed: As standards and regulations change HITRUST adjusts it’s requirements to maintain the most up to date specifications for local, federal, and third-party regulations. HITRUST also updates based on industry trends and breach reports to give the most accurate and applicable assessments.

HITRUST as a Risk Management Framework (RMF) allows your organization to culture an information security governance program based on the risks your company is taking as opposed to a strict set of standards to be followed. Prescriptive controls are followed as needs from industry to industry vary and ensures that safeguards are “reasonable and appropriate”: (General, Organization, Geographical, System, and Regulatory)

Regulatory risk factors from other frameworks taken into account for a comprehensive assessment. Support one single assessment vs. various companies, compliance frameworks, and regulations.

How it works

Learn how the HITRUST assessment process is conducted step by step

Step 1.
Internal Project Scoping
HITRUST is an assessment based on risk, assessments should first originate internally, what risk factors should be considered for the assessment? What are the greatest touchpoints or risks to my environment? What are my regulating bodies or governing committees? To build an accurate and comprehensive reports requires these inputs from you to correctly assess the environment and set the framework.
Step 1.
Step 2
Selection of HITRUST Model
HITRUST has two report types: Readiness Assessment (Formerly Self-Assessment) and Validated Assessments. The dependencies of these are on the levels of effort and input from your management team. Note that only a Validated Assessment may be considered for HITRUST certification which is good for two years.
Step 2
Step 3
Selection of the Assessment Report Type
It is the choice of your company to decide the scope and severity of the HITRUST CSF. These types include:
  • Security (75 Requirement Statements) 
  • Security + Privacy (75 Requirement Statements + 21 Privacy Statements) 
  • Comprehensive Security (135 Requirement Statements)  
  • Comprehensive Security + Privacy (135 Requirement Statements + 21 Privacy Statements) 
  • MegaplanIT Holdings LLC. will be able to assist and guide you through this process. 
Step 3
Step 4
Submission to MegaplanIT Holdings
Submission to MegaplanIT holdings ensures that all appropriate fields are populated. Generation of test plan, working papers, overview and scope, management representation letter, and a HITRUST CSF Assurance participation agreement.
Step 4
Step 5
Submission to HITRUST
Submission to HITRUST will allow HITRUST associates to validate the scope, methods, and process for the assessment prior to engaging in the ranking and submission of artifacts.
Step 5
Step 6
Assignment of rank to Requirement statements
HITRUST CSF is a risk-based assessment which over requirement statements have five main control area maturity scores, these will be assigned via the assessed entity:
  • Policy: Overall intention and direction as formerly expressed by management.  
  • Procedure: Detailed steps to achieve the goals of policy.  
  • Implementation: Deployment as applicable to the environment. Measured: How the control is monitored for effectiveness, metrics generated by the organization.  
  • Managed: How the control is updated and changed as needed by the measured effectiveness.  
Step 6
Step 7
Submission of artifacts to the Assessor
The submission of artifacts mapped to the control requirements allows the assessor to validate the requirement. These may be dependent on the Control References assigned in during the assessment report type. Risk factors such as regulatory standards may also increase the amount of artifact and evidence submissions required per the control requirements assigned.
Step 7
Step 8
Submission to HITRUST
HITRUST will accept and review all submitted reports with appropriate documentation after the report has been validated by an approved assessor. Report validation and quality assurance will take up to 8 weeks, and control references will be tested for accuracy.
Step 8
Step 9
Receiving of Report
After HITRUST is finished reviewing the report, if control scores reflect a compliant assessment a certified report will be issued. Certified reports available only with a validated assessment are valid for two years pending an interim assessment 1 year from the anniversary of its completion.
Step 9

Why Consider HITRUST Assessments

  • HITRUST assessments are not only for healthcare organizations anymore but as of version 9.encompass all industries 
  • Compliance and risk consideration for many local, federal, and international data standards are included within the assessment. 
  • Deficiencies addressed as CAPs (Corrective Action Plans) will provide a roadmap to improved security posture and continuous improvement 
  • Harmonizes existing controls and requirements from standards, regulations, business and third-party requirements 
  • Industry recognized certification used by companies to identify strong risk management. 
  • Mitigates Cost, Risk, inefficiency, and inconsistency in reporting of security controls. 

Why Choose MegaplanIT As A HITRUST partner?

We have years of experience in the assessments on which HITRUST is based and will provide expertise in control requirements and risk management.

Our team has countless certifications from the governing bodies from which HITRUST draws its risk-based assessments. 

MegaplanIT Holdings will offer expert guidance every step of the way to becoming HITRUST certified. This includes policy& procedure development, corrective action plan assistance, and network architecture review.  

The variation in assessment types and industries we audit has allowed MegaplanIT exposure to an array of system architectures, implementations, and business models.

We have years of experience in the assessments on which HITRUST is based and will provide expertise in control requirements and risk management.

Our team has countless certifications from the governing bodies from which HITRUST draws its risk-based assessments. 

MegaplanIT Holdings will offer expert guidance every step of the way to becoming HITRUST certified. This includes policy& procedure development, corrective action plan assistance, and network architecture review.  

The variation in assessment types and industries we audit has allowed MegaplanIT exposure to an array of system architectures, implementations, and business models.

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