HITRUST Certification

Safeguard sensitive information. Achieve compliance.
Gain a competitive edge.

What is HITRUST Certification?

Based on the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF), HITRUST Certification is a process that demonstrates an organization’s systems adhere to rigorous security standards for managing sensitive data. It combines aspects from various standards and regulations into a unified approach to risk management, ensuring programs are aligned and support an organization’s security and compliance goals.

Unlock Trust and Compliance with HITRUST Certification

HITRUST certification provides a powerful framework to safeguard your data, ensuring compliance and building trust with your clients and partners.


Get independently validated assessments of your cybersecurity posture, demonstrating a commitment to robust data protection.

HITRUST aligns with numerous regulations like HIPAA and GDPR, streamlining your compliance efforts.

Showcase your dedication to data security and earn the trust of your clients and partners.

Maintain a competitive edge with a globally recognized mark of excellence in data protection. 

Who Needs To Be HITRUST Certified?

Primarily sought by organizations handling sensitive data in healthcare and BFSI industries, HITRUST Certification ensures compliance with rigorous security standards and safeguard information. Here’s a detailed look at who needs HITRUST Certification

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SISA’s HITRUST Assessments: Tailored To Your Needs

1. Readiness Assessment

A preparatory step to identify areas for improvement before a formal HITRUST certification process. Readiness assessment applies to all types of validated assessments. SISA follows the following steps:

  1. Scope Definition and Stakeholder Education: Clearly define the project scope and educate stakeholders while managing expectations.
  2. Gap Analysis: Identify existing security gaps relative to HITRUST requirements.
  3. Readiness Assessment: Prepare your organization for the formal HITRUST assessment.
  4. Remediation Support: Expert guidance to address identified gaps and enhance security controls.
  5. Certification Process Facilitation: Manage the certification process to ensure all requirements are successfully met.

2. Validated Assessment

A rigorous evaluation conducted by a certified assessor to validate compliance. Here are the three types of validated assessments SISA offers


1-year Validated Assessment: Foundational Cybersecurity

  • Ideal for startups and low-risk companies.
  • Validated assessment based on 44 essential security controls.
  • Perfect starting point for building a robust security program.
  • Easily scale up to more comprehensive HITRUST certifications (i1 & r2)


1-year Validated Assessment: Leading Security Practices

  • Ideal for organizations with strong security programs.
  • Validated assessment demonstrating best-in-class security practices.
  • More comprehensive than e1, with additional controls for advanced protection.
  • Work towards the highest level (r2) leveraging your existing i1 efforts.


2-year Validated Assessment: Expanded Practices

  • Ideal for organizations needing top-tier compliance (HIPAA, NIST CSF).
  • Most comprehensive HITRUST assessment with tailored controls for your specific risks.
  • Demonstrates the strongest commitment to data security and regulatory adherence.

3. HITRUST Interim and Bridge Assessments

These assessments are available only for r2 Certification, which is a 2-year certification. Interim and Bridge certifications are aimed at supporting the continuity of HITRUST compliance, they serve different purposes.

Interim Assessment is more structured and part of the regular certification lifecycle, focusing on keeping compliance mid-cycle. The interim assessment checks to see if the controls still work and looks at how well any Corrective Action Plans that were made during the initial validation process are being followed.

Bridge Assessment is a temporary measure to ensure an organization’s certification doesn’t lapse due to delays in the renewal process. It is designed to extend the validity of a HITRUST r2 Certification for an additional 90 days.

4. Rapid Recertification

It is a feature designed to enable organizations with i1 certification to re-certify quickly and efficiently without going through the full i1 assessment process again.

Why Choose SISA For Your HITRUST Journey?

Expert Assessors and Quality Professionals

Our HITRUST Recommended CCSFP certified assessors and CHQP certified quality professionals ensure top-notch evaluations and quality assurance.

Preparation and

Our Readiness Assessment identifies improvement areas, while our Validated Assessment rigorously validates compliance.

Efficient Approach and

Our Unified Audit approach ensures timely completion and multi-framework compliance.

Comprehensive Guidance
and Support

We offer guidance on policy, procedure, and implementation requirements, to help you achieve certification.


Our HITRUST Certified Assessors and QAs, with over 5 years of expertise, use an MFA enabled portal to ensure secure evidence collection and data security.

Trusted Security

We are a full-service cybersecurity and compliance service provider with over 20 years of successful compliance audits.

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Recognized as a top cybersecurity solutions provider globally

SISA holds authorization as a HITRUST Assessment Vendor and is recognized as a leading provider of compliance-led certifications.

Gartner Peer Insights logo

SISA has 4.7/5 star rating on Gartner Peer Insights and is acknowledged as a leading cybersecurity provider across various global regions.

Frequently Asked About
HITRUST Certification

1. What is the purpose of HITRUST?

The purpose of HITRUST is to provide organizations with a structured framework to protect sensitive data and manage information risks effectively. It is designed to integrate a variety of regulatory requirements into a single overarching security framework, thus aiding in compliance and enhancing data security measures across industries.

HITRUST Certification is not mandated by the Federal government but is considered to be the most comprehensive framework due to its mapping to many other standards, including HIPAA, SOC 2, NIST, ISO 27001, and more. While it’s not a legal requirement, many organizations in the healthcare sector and other industries that handle sensitive data are encouraged to pursue certification to ensure robust data protection and security.

No, HITRUST is not limited to healthcare. Initially created for the healthcare industry, the HITRUST CSF has expanded to become industry-agnostic in 2019, making it applicable for any organization that seeks to implement a rigorous data protection and security framework.

HIPAA is a U.S. law that mandates specific privacy and security protections for personal health information in the healthcare industry. HITRUST, on the other hand, is a certifiable global framework that includes and extends beyond HIPAA’s requirements to provide a comprehensive set of controls for protecting sensitive data across various industries. HITRUST certification can simplify HIPAA compliance by ensuring that the necessary security controls are in place.

Organizations opt for HITRUST certification for several reasons: it unifies over 40 different regulatory requirements and recognized frameworks (such as ISO 27001, NIST SP 800-53, HIPAA, PCI DSS, etc.), saves time and money by leveraging a scalable and robust framework, accelerates revenue and market growth by differentiating businesses in competitive industries, and helps satisfy regulatory requirements mandated by third-party organizations and laws.

HITRUST certification sets a high bar for security and compliance, thus distinguishing certified organizations in the marketplace. Not all businesses achieve this certification; those that do can leverage it to gain trust from potential partners and customers, assuring them of high standards of data protection and security management.

HITRUST certifications, namely e1 and i1, are valid for one year, while the r2 certification holds validity for two years, contingent upon the successful and timely completion of an Interim Assessment. It’s important to view HITRUST certification as part of a continuous improvement and monitoring process, reflecting the ever-evolving nature of security threats.

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