This entry is part 26 of 48 in the series HIPAA Security Risk Analysis Tips

We recently reported that The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published Special Publication 800-30 Revision 1 Guide for Conducting Risk Assessments.  This past week, Healthcare InfoSecurity’s Eric Chabrow, interviewed Dr. Ron Ross, the father of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and author of most of NIST’s risk management Special Publications.    Here’s today’s big tip – Learn from Dr. Ross !  …learn more…


Listen to NIST’s Ron Ross on Risk Analysis

The insightful interview by Eric Chabrow can be found here:  Ron Ross on New Risk Assessment Guide.


For those in health care, HHS/OCR issued risk analysis guidance on completing a bona fide HIPAA Security Risk Analysis in July 2010.  This guidance, in turn, references the NIST Security Framework and several related documents.  Since the publication of the HHS/OCR risk analysis guidance, the NIST risk management approach has been updated.

While the NIST Security Framework is designed for government organizations, there is still much for healthcare Covered Entities, Business Associates and their Agents/Subcontractors to leverage within SP800-30 Revision 1.  As Dr. Ross states in the interview, no single organization is expected to consider everyone of the ~600 controls in the NIST SP800-53 Revision 3 Final.  The overall framework is designed to select the controls they need to protect the information assets in their environment.  The NIST Security Framework is not “one-size-fits-all”.  It is designed to scale up and down to enable organizations to complete a risk analysis in a cost effective manner.

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Bob Chaput

CEO at Clearwater Compliance
Bob is the CEO and Founder of Clearwater Compliance. He has 25 years of experience in the Healthcare industry, and his experience includes managing some of the world’s largest HR, benefits and healthcare databases, requiring the highest levels of security and privacy. Mr. Chaput continues to expand and update his knowledge base on HIPAA-HITECH compliance through postgraduate study, earning professional certifications and participating in professional healthcare and other organizations.