Measuring the effectiveness of an organization’s information security program isn’t a slam dunk, but the overall metric to know how well information is protected is easy, said security consultant Tom Walsh, president at Tom Walsh Consulting in Overland Park, Kan. “If you can’t pass a HIPAA security audit, then your program doesn’t measure up.”

Walsh spoke at a session at HIMSS13 in New Orleans during which Alain Bouit, information security officer at 19-hospital Adventist Health in Roseville, Calif., walked through the basics of measuring a security program.

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