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Evolve IP and Wipfli Announce HITRUST Community Extension Program and Datacenter Tours Coming to Las Vegas during HIMSS on March 9th, 2018

Program promotes education and collaboration on risk management and cybersecurity through community outreach

WAYNE, Pa.—January 31, 2018—Evolve IP®, The Cloud Strategy CompanyTM and Wipfli announced today the HITRUST Community Extension Program is coming to Las Vegas, Nevada on March 9th 2018 during the HIMSS18 Annual Conference at the Nevada InNEVation Center. Coordinated by HITRUST, hosted by Evolve IP, and facilitated by Wipfli, the one-day, no cost, town hall meeting will provide healthcare organizations of all types and sizes an opportunity to engage with peers to discuss the challenges, best practices and lessons learned in effectively implementing a risk management program and improving cybersecurity practices by leveraging the HITRUST CSF, HITRUST cyber threat sharing and response, and other HITRUST programs.

“We are extremely pleased to be a part of the Community Extension Program in Las Vegas,” said Joe Pedano, Executive Vice President of Cloud Engineering of Evolve IP. “The HIMSS conference provides a great opportunity for business associate executives and IT professionals alike to learn more about the risk management benefits of the HITRUST CSF.” Pedano also noted that being in Las Vegas will allow those interested to also experience first hand how these benefits can be delivered and strengthened via the cloud. That’s because in conjunction with the CEP event, Evolve IP will be hosting tours of the Switch Las Vegas datacenter on Tuesday March 6th and Wednesday March 7th. Attendees can “walk in the cloud” and experience Evolve Cloud West — Evolve IP’s HITRUST-certified cloud infrastructure — as part of this tour of the world’s largest datacenter campus.

Paul Johnson, a Partner with Wipfli LLP, agreed that the educational opportunity for HIMSS attendees is special. “We’re thrilled to be part of the CEP program at HIMSS,” he explained. “With more and more healthcare organizations adopting the HITRUST CSF to manage their security risk and that of the vendors they rely upon, there’s a tremendous need to help business and IT leaders alike understand, embrace, and adjust to these security requirements.”

Some of the topics that will be covered include:

  • Structuring and implementing an information risk management program
  • Considerations in implementing the HITRUST CSF
  • Leveraging the HITRUST CSF to implement the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
  • Considerations regarding a HITRUST CSF Assessment and reporting options
  • Leveraging the HITRUST Cyber Threat Catalogue
  • Implementing a third-party assurance program and effective vendor risk management
  • How to align information risk management and cyber insurance programs
  • Engaging in cyber information sharing and how it supports cyber threat management regardless of size or cyber maturity

“We are very excited to be launching this new program and furthering HITRUST’s engagement with local  communities,” said Michael Parisi, vice president, assurance strategy and community development, HITRUST. “This program provides significant value by allowing organizations to engage with, and learn from, others in the community about how they approach the challenges related to managing risk, controlling compliance costs while effectively implementing a strong security posture and defending against cyber threats.”

With the persistence of cyber-related threats, healthcare organizations are striving not just to enhance and improve their information risk management, regulatory compliance and cyber resilience programs – but do so in an efficient and effective manner. Because the HITRUST CSF, CSF Assessment and cyber threat sharing and response programs are so widely adopted and are key components of many organization and third-party vendor strategies, this program will aid in streamlining adoption and promoting greater collaboration between organizations across the country. In addition, the growing number of CSF Assessors, currently over 65, will be leveraged as resources across the country and will enable more ongoing community collaboration.

For more information about the Community Extension Program held in Las Vegas, or to register, visit this link.

More town hall events are happening in 50 cities within communities across the U.S. with more added based on demand over the next 12 months. Information on the other Community Extension Program dates and locations can be found here.

About HITRUST
Founded in 2007, the HITRUST Alliance, a not for profit, was born out of the belief that information protection should be a core pillar of, rather than an obstacle to, the broad adoption of health information systems and exchanges. HITRUST—in collaboration with public and private healthcare technology, privacy and information security leaders—has championed programs instrumental in safeguarding health information and managing information risk while ensuring consumer confidence in the organizations that create, store or exchange their information.

HITRUST develops, maintains and provides broad access to its common risk and compliance management and de-identification frameworks, and related assessment and assurance methodologies, as well as programs supporting cyber sharing, analysis and resilience. HITRUST also leads many efforts in advocacy, awareness and education relating to information protection.

For more information, visit www.HITRUSTalliance.net.

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