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AWS HITRUST Inheritance: What customers should know

As an Amazon Web Services (AWS) customer, you don’t have to assess the controls that you inherit from the AWS HITRUST Validated Assessment Questionnaire, because AWS already has completed HITRUST assessment using version 9.4 in 2021. You can deploy your environments onto AWS and inherit our HITRUST CSF certification, provided that you use only in-scope services and apply the controls detailed on the HITRUST website.

HITRUST certification allows you to tailor your security control baselines to a variety of factors—including, but not limited to, regulatory requirements and organization type. HITRUST CSF has been widely adopted by leading organizations in a variety of industries as part of their approach to security and privacy. Visit the HITRUST website for more information.

Have you submitted HITRUST Inheritance Program requests to AWS, but haven’t received a response yet? Understand why …

The HITRUST MyCSF manual provides step-by-step instructions for completing the HITRUST Inheritance process. It’s a simple four-step process, as follows:

  1. You create the Inheritance request in the HITRUST MyCSF tool.
  2. You submit the request to AWS.
  3. AWS will either approve or reject the Inheritance request based on the AWS HITRUST Shared Responsibility Matrix.
  4. Finally, you can apply all approved Inheritance requests to your HITRUST Compliance Assessment.

Unless a request is submitted to AWS, we will not be able to approve it. If a prolonged period of time has gone by and you haven’t received a response from AWS, most likely you created the request but didn’t submit it to AWS.

We are committed to helping you achieve and maintain the highest standard of security and compliance. As always, we value your feedback and questions. Feel free to contact the team through AWS Compliance Contact Us. If you have feedback about this post, submit comments in the Comments section below.

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Sonali Vaidya

Sonali leads multiple AWS global compliance programs, including HITRUST, ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, ISO 27701, ISO 9001, and CSA STAR. Sonali has over 20 years of experience in information security and privacy management and holds multiple certifications, such as CISSP, C-GDPR|P, CCSK, CEH, CISA, PCIP, and Lead Auditor for ISO 27001 and ISO 22301.