Beacon Health Options Achieves HITRUST and NIST Certification

FREMONT, CA: Beacon Health Options, a number one behavioral health services company that serves just about forty million people across all fifty states, declared it's earned Certified standing underneath the Health Information Trust Alliance's (HITRUST) Common Security Framework (CSF) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. 

This achievement places Beacon in an elite group of organizations worldwide that have achieved this certification. The HITRUST CSF is a comprehensive, prescriptive, and certifiable framework, that's used by the health care industry to form access, store or exchange sensitive and/or regulated data like Personal Health Information (PHI) and Personally Identifiable Information (PII). NIST's Cybersecurity Framework was released by the U.S. Commerce Department and provides assistance for organizations to better manage and decrease their cybersecurity risk.

"Safeguarding Personal Health Information (PHI) is at the core of Beacon's mission," said Dan Sheehan, Chief Information Officer, Beacon Health Options. "HITRUST CSF is quick rising as a comprehensive global cybersecurity standard. The Certified status reflects Beacon's robust and credible program. we are proud that our technology, processes, and policies have achieved certified status, demonstrating our continuing commitment to Information security."

The HITRUST CSF has become the information protection framework for the health care industry. The CSF Assurance program brings a new level of effectiveness and potency to third-party assurance.

"HITRUST has been working with the industry to ensure the appropriate information protection requirements are met when sensitive information is accessed or stored in a cloud environment. By taking the steps necessary to obtain HITRUST CSF Certified status, Beacon Health options is distinguished as an organization that people can count on to keep their information safe," said Ken Vander Wal, Chief Compliance Officer, HITRUST.

"HITRUST CSF Certified status confirms Beacon appropriately secures and protects health care information across its Connections Administrative System (CAS), ProviderConnect, MemberConnect and ClientConnect to provide behavioral health services," said Izhar Mujaddidi, Beacon's Chief Information Security Officer.

Beacon worked with ecfirst to validate its program. Iowa-based ecfirst delivers complete end-to-end compliance and information security services.