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US Healthcare organizations of all sizes have a responsibility of protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all health records they create, manage, and maintain.  Yet for many, knowing how to protect, what to protect and the complexity of protecting is daunting.

Requirements for these firms come from many sides. These include regulatory requirements from state government, adherence rules for insurance, and of course HIPAA.

The Administrative Safeguards of  HIPAA Security Rule (45 CFR 164.308) require all Covered Entities to appoint a HIPAA Security Officer who is placed in charge of the creation and execution of policies and procedures that ensure the security of electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI).

On top of that, the Technical Safeguards of the HIPAA Security Rule require limiting access to systems where ePHI is kept and cover security of electronically transmitted PHI.

Beyond healthcare requirements others can include PCI-DSS (if you handle credit card transactions), SOC2 or ISO 27001 compliance, and even State Privacy and Security regulations including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) or New York’s SHIELD Act

Bring those together, and you have the need for an individual to be able to handle technical requirements, along with training, auditing, incident handling and overseeing the compliance of the business.

Many organizations do not have the internal capabilities to know how to comply with all of these requirements and might not have the budget to hire an expert that is mist sought after. Or they might assign the requirement to a member of the management team, use a “toolkit” to generate necessary checklists and file their Notice of Privacy Practises to complete a process. Unfortunately, this is far from adequate and puts that organization at risk.

This is where a virtual Chief Information Security Officer or vCISO may be just the right fit.


A vCISO can fill gaps caused by:

  • Difficulty in finding the right candidate. Right now, there is a large shortage of qualified Cybersecurity Professionals
  • Average cost of a Full Time CISO being cost prohibitive.
  • The need for an individual to be able to hit the ground running
  • Your Board of Directors or Senior Management needing or desiring a cybersecurity advisor
  • A high turnover in the Industry
  • Workloads for the position do not require a fulltime employee.
  • A Limited Budget
  • The desire for outside expertise to fill voids in current security coverage


The vCISO provides organizations with:

  • A trusted security expert who is available to provide cybersecurity expertise and guidance.
  • A knowledgeable voice in board meetings for security advice, counselling, and direction.
  • An expert that can translate complex technical security details into actionable business tasks
  • A partner that provides hands-on consulting for security policy, process, and procedural development.
  • A specialist that provides skilled, organized and a professional review of risk assessments and security audits.
  • A teacher who provides security mentorship and training to all levels of organizations
  • An honest, independent voice on third-party risk management.
  • A knowledgeable technologist that can help the business select security technologies to automate and helps the business manage security risks more efficiently and effectively.
  • A senior executive level resource that is lower than the typical cost of an in-house CISO.




A vCISO can provide many of the needs for your healthcare organization. Regulatory requirements can be daunting, but a vCISO can provide that clarity along with many other benefits to make your organization not only compliance but more cyber resilient.

Speak with the experts are RiskAware to help with your vCISO and cybersecurity needs.