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Security Rule Guidance Material

In this section, you will find educational materials to help you learn more about the HIPAA Security Rule and other sources of standards for safeguarding electronic protected health information (e-PHI).  

Security Risks to Electronic Health Information from Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Applications-The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has developed a guide to Peer-to-Peer (P2P) security issues for businesses that collect and store sensitive information.  

Safeguarding Electronic Protected Health Information on Digital Copiers-The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has tips on how to safeguard sensitive data stored on the hard drives of digital copiers.

Security Rule Educational Paper Series 

The HIPAA Security Information Series is a group of educational papers which are designed to give HIPAA covered entities insight into the Security Rule and assistance with implementation of the security standards.  

Security 101 for Covered Entities

Administrative Safeguards

Physical Safeguards 

Technical Safeguards

Organizational, Policies and Procedures and Documentation Requirements

Basics of Risk Analysis and Risk Management 

Security Standards: Implementation for the Small Provider 

HIPAA Security Guidance

HHS has developed guidance to assist HIPAA covered entities in complying with the risk analysis requirements of the Security Rule.

Risk Analysis

HHS has also developed guidance to provide HIPAA covered entities with general information on the risks and possible mitigation strategies for remote use of and access to e-PHI.

Remote Use

HHS has gathered tips and information to help you protect and secure health information patients entrust to you when using mobile devices.

Mobile Device

HHS has developed guidance to help covered entities and business associates better understand and respond to the threat of ransomware.


National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publications

NIST is a federal agency that sets computer security standards for the federal government and publishes reports on topics related to IT security. The following special publications are provided as an informational resource and are not legally binding guidance for covered entities.

NIST Special Publication 800-30: Risk Management Guide for Information Technology Systems

NIST Special Publication 800-52: Guidelines for the Selection and Use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) Implementations

NIST Special Publication 800-66: An Introductory Resource Guide for Implementing the HIPAA Security Rule

NIST Special Publication 800-77: Guide to IPsec VPNs

NIST Special Publication 800-88: Computer Security

NIST Special Publication 800-111: Guide to Storage Encryption Technologies for End User Devices

NIST Special Publication 800-113: Guide to SSL VPNs

Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 140-2 

NIST HIPAA Security Toolkit Application

NIST Cyber Security Framework to HIPAA Security Rule Crosswalk

OCR Cyber Awareness Newsletters

The Office for Civil Rights issues periodic newsletters to assist the regulated community to become more knowledgeable about the various security threats and vulnerabilities that currently exist in the healthcare sector, to understand what security measures can be taken to decrease the possibility of being exposed by these threats; and how to reduce breaches of ePHI.

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Guidance on HIPAA Risk Analysis

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) provides a series of useful guidance documents and tools to assist organizations in identifying and implementing the most effective and appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information.

Frequently Asked Questions for Professionals - Please see the HIPAA FAQs for additional guidance on health information privacy topics.

Content created by Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Content last reviewed on April 3, 2017
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