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Nov 11 2013   2:38PM GMT

ISC-Squared Offers Health Care Security & Privacy Credential

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Last week, (ISC)2 (pronounced “ISC-squared,” hence the nomenclature in the blog post title) announced the debut of its latest information security certification. Dubbed the HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner, or HCISPP, the credential takes double aim at information security concerns on the one hand but also privacy concerns as regards patient information and records on the other.


The latest ISC-squared certification bridges the complementary worlds of healthcare IT and information security.

Given that the healthcare industry in the US (and elsewhere in the developed world) is one of a few market sectors that continues to experience double-digit growth (an outstanding exception in economies where the overall growth rate seldom tops 3 percent anymore nowadays), it stands to reason that the field is poised to support information security experts who specialize in its specific IT security and data privacy requirements. And indeed the six domains in this credential’s Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) reflect its dual focus with an even split between the two subject matters:

  • Healthcare Industry
  • Regulatory Environment
  • Privacy and Security in Healthcare
  • Information Governance and Risk Management
  • Information Risk Assessment
  • Third Party Risk Management

Interested and aspiring healthcare IT professionals are invited to visit the HCISPP home page to learn more about the credential, for which the exam costs $349 (sign-up for a Web account at (ISC)2 is now required to see exam prices, for those who may not have visited the site in the last few months, as was the case for your humble correspondent).

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