A-LIGN Managing Partner Named to Accounting Today’s 2016 MP Elite

A-LIGN Managing Partner, Scott Price, has been included in Accounting Today’s Class of 2016 Managing Partner Elite list. The Managing Partner Elite program highlights the leaders of accounting firms who stand out from their peers due to their ability to guide their firms through innovation, development of strong culture and …

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Continuing the Climb: A-LIGN Introduces an Updated Website

A-LIGN, a nationwide security and compliance solutions firm, has updated its website to make it easier than ever to connect with an experienced assessor. With more options to connect with a specialist, A-LIGN continues to build a website that better reflects the identity of A-LIGN as a people-focused firm. “The …

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Preparing for HITRUST CSF v8

HITRUST CSF v8 To ensure the HITRUST CSF stays relevant and current with the needs of today’s healthcare organizations, the HITRUST Alliance continually updates the CSF to incorporate the changing standards and regulations associated with its authoritative sources. The updates within v8, which was release on July 1, 2016, incorporate …

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Overview of the EU – U.S. Privacy Shield Framework

Privacy Shield Framework The EU – U.S. Privacy Shield Framework was designed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Commission to provide European and US companies a mechanism to comply with EU data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union to the U.S. when …

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Back to Basics: What is HITRUST?

A-LIGN’s HITRUST Assessors are often asked: What is HITRUST and why do I need it? As healthcare organizations face stricter regulatory needs in light of an increase in healthcare-related breaches, many organizations are considering HITRUST as an option for risk management and mitigation. What is HITRUST? HITRUST, or the Health …

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Holding Your Security Ransom: Preparing Your Organization for Ransomware Attacks

Today’s ransom trend Today, ransomware virus cases are becoming more frequent than ever as they are raking in, on average, $450 billion dollars into the cybercriminal market annually. These unpleasant viruses leave users desperate, pressuring them into thinking that they have no choice but to pay ridiculous amounts of bitcoins …

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Which HITRUST Assessment Scope Is Right for My Organization?

Which HITRUST Assesment Scope is Right for My Organization? There are 14 different control categories, each with their own number of objectives and requirements. These include the following: Information Security Management Program Access Control Human Resources Security Risk Management Security Policy Organization of Information Security Compliance Asset Management Physical …

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SOC 2: 2016 Updates and the Privacy Principle Integration

Overview of Privacy Principle and SOC 2 Updates In order to clarify and eliminate redundancy within the requirements of the trust services criteria for privacy, changes have been made to the SOC 2 privacy principle guidelines. While most of these changes are clarification-based, the addition of privacy to the common …

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Get Ready: Changes to ALTA’s Best Practices and Assessment Procedures

Overview of ALTA Best Practices Changes In June 2016, the ALTA Board approved the modifications to the ALTA Best Practices and assessment procedures, and also created the Best Practices Maturity Model to help Title Companies measure compliance with the Best Practices. Below is a brief summary of the changes that …

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Ask A-LIGN’s Experienced Assessors: HITRUST

Because of the unique challenges facing the healthcare industry, companies are considering their options to mitigate and manage their risk. HITRUST offers a framework that allows for consistent implementation of the HIPAA requirements, but generates many questions that need to be answered. Below are a few frequently asked questions that …

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