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May 26, 2016 13:11 ET

ecfirst, a Konica Minolta Partner, Recognized as a HITRUST CSF Assessor

Technology Leader Expands HIPAA-Related Consulting Services; Ali Pabrai, CEO, ecfirst Offers Webinar on Disruptive Business Risk

RAMSEY, NJ--(Marketwired - May 26, 2016) - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) is pleased to announce that the company's partner in HIPAA and cyber security consulting, ecfirst, has been designated by the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) as a Common Security Framework (CSF) Assessor. Konica Minolta and ecfirst are leading providers of, and partners with, Cyber Security Risk Assessments, Vulnerability Assessments and HIPAA & Compliance education. Konica Minolta and ecfirst have assisted healthcare customers in their HIPAA compliance efforts, and now, as a designated HITRUST CSF Assessor, can offer a new level of risk and regulatory compliance assessment.

The HITRUST CSF addresses a multitude of information security, privacy and regulatory challenges facing healthcare organizations in order to manage risk and comply with healthcare (HIPAA, HITECH), third-party (PCI, COBIT) and government (NIST, FTC) regulations and standards. CSF Assessors are critical to helping uphold information security and privacy standards for the healthcare industry and a core component of the HITRUST CSF program. This is enabled by providing trained resources to healthcare organizations of varying size and complexity to assess compliance with security control requirements and document corrective action plans that align with the CSF.

The HITRUST CSF is the most widely adopted security framework in the healthcare industry, and HITRUST CSF Assessors are the only organizations approved by HITRUST to perform CSF-related services associated with the HITRUST CSF Assurance program.

"Healthcare organizations must deal with a host of industry data privacy and security regulations that are constantly evolving," said Kevin Kern, Konica Minolta's senior vice president, business intelligence solutions and product planning. "Through our partnership with ecfirst, we can now provide high trust services consistent with where the industry is heading and help our healthcare clients mitigate IT security risks to protect sensitive patient data and meet compliance standards." 

"The risk to patient information has never been higher," said Uday Ali Pabrai, ecfirst chief executive. "As a HITRUST CSF Assessor, and through our partnership with Konica Minolta, we can now deliver deeper services to secure sensitive information and ensure compliance mandates are continually maintained." 

Join Ali Pabrai, CEO, ecfirst, AKA HIPAA Academy in the following webinar:

HIPAA Risk = Disruptive Business Risk!
Thursday, June 2, 2016 03:30 PM EDT - 04:30 PM EDT

As HIPAA violations and data breaches continue to mount, the need for a comprehensive and thorough HIPAA compliance strategy is more important than ever.

Please join this complementary webinar event where Konica Minolta will share examples of ransomware attacks on healthcare; rising and disruptive HIPAA fines; class action lawsuits, but more importantly, how you can arm your organization to minimize these threats and risks.

Webinar Registration: HIPAA Risk = Disruptive Business Risk!

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in information management focused on enterprise content, technology optimization and cloud services. Our portfolio of offerings deliver solutions to improve our customers' speed to market, manage technology costs, and facilitate the sharing of information to increase productivity. The All Covered IT Services division offers a range of IT strategy, support, project and cloud computing solutions across all verticals. Konica Minolta has won numerous awards and recognition, including placement in the Leaders Quadrant on the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print Services (MPS) and Managed Content Services (MCS). Konica Minolta has been recognized as the#1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for nine consecutive years. Konica Minolta, Inc. has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for four years in a row. For more information, please visit: www.countonkonicaminolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter @konicaminoltaus.

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About HITRUST
Founded in 2007, the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) was born out of the belief that information protection should be a core pillar of, rather than an obstacle to, the broad adoption of health information systems and exchanges. HITRUST -- in collaboration with public and private healthcare technology, privacy and information security leaders -- has championed programs instrumental in safeguarding health information systems and exchanges while ensuring consumer confidence in their use.

HITRUST programs include the establishment of a common risk and compliance management framework (CSF); an assessment and assurance methodology; educational and career development; advocacy and awareness; and a federally recognized cyber Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) and supporting initiatives. Over 84 percent of hospitals and health plans, as well as many other healthcare organizations and business associates, use the CSF, making it the most widely adopted security framework in the industry. For more information, visit www.HITRUSTalliance.net.

About ecfirst
ecfirst, established in 1999, is a firm with laser beam focus on compliance and cybersecurity. With thousands of clients across all 50 states, and five continents, ecfirst delivers tailored consulting, training and certification services. ecfirst serves the healthcare, IT, government (federal, state, county, city), legal and insurance industries. Specialized services include Cybersecurity Risk Assessment, On-Demand Consulting, Managed Compliance and Managed Security. ecfirst, Home of The HIPAA Academy, introduced the healthcare and IT industry's first credential for HIPAA training and certification, the Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) program. ecfirst also created the world's first program on compliance and cyber security -- Certified Security Compliance Specialist™ (CSCS™) and recently launched the Certified Cyber Security Architect℠ (CCSA℠) program. ecfirst is a HITRUST Authorized CSF Assessor. For more information visit www.ecfirst.com.

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