HIPAA-SECURITY Online Forum Opens

Interhack's HIPAA-SECURITY forum comes online, providing valuable discussion of Security Rule implementation.

COLUMBUS, OHIO (August 11, 2003). Interhack announces the opening of its free online forum for HIPAA Security implementors.

"Bad information security advice is plentiful," commented Matt Curtin, founder of Interhack and author of the book Developing Trust: Online Privacy and Security (Apress, 2001). He continued, "Our objective is to make this forum the place to go for implementors to get good information security advice, with specific focus on compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule."

HIPAA-SECURITY is intended to act as a gathering place of Security Rule implementors from across all parts of the country affected by HIPAA.

Topics expected to be covered in the forum include:

  • Risk assessment strategies
  • Alignment of HIPAA Security implementation and general information security objectives
  • Handling of "addressable" implementation specifications
  • Evaluation of threat mitigation mechanisms

About HIPAA and the Security Rule

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is having a dramatic impact on the way that health providers, insurers, and others are handling information. The "Security Rule" defines administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that must be used to protect electronic protected health information. Released in final form in February 2003, the Rule will be enforced starting in February 2005.

About Interhack

Interhack is a provider of professional services in information assurance, forensic computing, and Outsourced IT. Interhack's Health Information Assurance program helps clients to understand their information assurance requirements and how they can be rationally met while also achieving HIPAA Security Rule compliance. Interhack can be found on the web at web.interhack.com.