Cloud Computing: Building Best Practices

HITRUST, Cloud Security Alliance collaborating on guidance
Cloud Computing: Building Best Practices
The Health Information Trust Alliance, or HITRUST, and the Cloud Security Alliance are collaborating to develop best practices for ensuring the security of cloud computing in healthcare.

The Cloud Security Alliance has released a "Cloud Controls Matrix," a tool that maps security practices for cloud computing with security regulations and standards, including the HITECH Act. The mapping was achieved, in part, by levering the HITRUST Common Security Framework , which provides guidance on best practices for complying with various regulations.

The new matrix "strengthens existing cloud information security by emphasizing business information security control requirements, normalizing cloud taxonomy and encouraging consistent security measures," CSA said in a statement.

HITRUST will lead CSA's healthcare working group, which will promote education and best practices for securing data in cloud environments.

About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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