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The Mako Group Achieves HITRUST Authorized External Assessor Designation

The Mako Group, a leading provider of cyber risk management consulting, today announced that it has been designated as a HITRUST Authorized External Assessor by HITRUST. With this achievement, The Mako Group is now approved to provide services using the HITRUST CSF, a comprehensive security framework that addresses the multitude of security, privacy and regulatory challenges facing organizations in order to comply with healthcare (HIPAA, HITECH), third-party (PCI, COBIT), government (NIST, FTC) and other industry specific regulations and standards.

Authorized External Assessors are critical to helping uphold information security and privacy standards for various industries of varying size and complexity and are a core component of the HITRUST CSF program by providing trained resources to assess compliance with security control requirements and document corrective action plans that align with the HITRUST CSF. HITRUST Authorized External Assessors such as The Mako Group serve as a key component of the program by providing assessment and remediation services to all industries that deal with PHI and/or PII.

“Becoming a HITRUST Authorized External Assessor was the next logical move for The Mako Group based on market demand, growth strategy, and our deep risk and controls experience,” said Shane O’Donnell, Chief Audit Executive, The Mako Group. “Through longstanding partnerships with organizations, we build defenses against control-related threats in ways that work best for them, not best for us. HITRUST does exactly that. Achieving Assessor status is a major milestone for The Mako Group, and one that will serve our clients in several verticals very well. HITRUST furthers The Mako Group’s capability to assist clients using the industry leading HITRUST CSF.“

“Authorized HITRUST External Assessors meet rigorous criteria to become qualified, which enables them to be a trusted and independent resource for clients needing to improve their security posture,” said Jeremy Huval, Chief Compliance Officer. “External Assessors are an integral component to providing qualified third-party reviews for clients seeking HITRUST CSF Certification.”

About The Mako Group The Mako Group is a cyber risk management consultancy with offices in Chicago, Detroit, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Orlando and Washington, DC. The company specializes in cybersecurity, audit, risk and management advisory, and focuses on relationships, communication and strategic, individualized deliverables for their partners. By providing customized, high quality work using a combination of benchmarking and industry leading practices, The Mako Group reduces cyber risk while creating peace of mind.

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