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HIPAA Compliance Report

The HIPAA Compliance Report helps your organization to comply with the United States' Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards.

Healthcare organizations are among those who go to great lengths to secure their systems and websites against malicious attackers. If they fail to do so, they face the loss of credibility and reputation and may incur heavy penalties with the HIPAA.

  • With the HIPAA Compliance Report, you can easily identify roadblocks that prevent your organization from being compliant.
  • Both Netsparker editions allow you to generate a HIPAA Report.  To view technical details, you need to click on the relevant vulnerability.
  • The report lists vulnerabilities that violate the HIPAA standards and provides technical details of each vulnerability. It helps you to fix those vulnerabilities and issues.
There can be other vulnerabilities and security issues found in your web applications but not listed in the HIPAA Compliance Report. The report does not replace an official one and cannot be used as an HIPAA Compliance report.
Click to view a sample HIPAA Compliance Report.

For further information, see Overview of Reports, Report Templates, and Built-In Reports.

HIPAA Compliance Report Sections

There are four sections in the HIPAA Compliance Report:

  • Scan Metadata
  • Vulnerabilities
  • Vulnerability Names and Details
  • Show/Hide Scan Details

Scan Metadata

This section provides details on the following items:

  • Scan Target
  • Scan Time
  • Scan Duration
  • Description
  • Total Requests
  • Average Speed
  • Tags
  • Risk Level

For further information, see Progress, and Scan Duration and Speed.

Vulnerabilities

This provides a numerical and graphical overview of:

  • Numbers                        The numbers of issues detected at various Vulnerability Severity Levels
  • Identified Vulnerabilities        The total number of detected vulnerabilities
  • Confirmed Vulnerabilities        The total number of vulnerabilities Netsparker that Netsparker verified by taking extra steps such as extracting some data from the target

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Vulnerability Names and Details

This section describes all identified issues and vulnerabilities, along with their Impact and Proof of Exploit. It also explains what Actions to Take and a Remedy for each one, including External References for more information.

This table lists and explains the headings in the Vulnerability Names and Details section.

Headings

Description

Name

This is the name of the identified issue.

Tag

This is the label to group, organize, and filter issues in the target web application.

Proof of Exploit

This is a piece of evidence to prove that vulnerability exists and information that is extracted from the target using the vulnerability.

For further information, see Benefits of Proof-Based Scanning™ Technology.

Vulnerability Details

This displays further details about the vulnerability.

Certainty value

This indicates how much Netsparker is sure about the identified issue.

Impact

This shows the effect of the issue or vulnerability on the Target URL.

Required Skills for Successful Exploitation

This gives details on how malicious hackers could exploit this issue.

Actions to Take

These are the immediate steps you can take to decrease the impact or prevent exploitation.

Remedy

This offers further steps to resolve the identified issue.

External references

This provides links to other websites where you can find more information.

Classification

HIPAA: This set of requirements is determined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of the United States.

Proof of Concept Notes

These notes demonstrate in principle how a system may be compromised.

Remedy References

This provides further information on the solution of identified issues.

Request

This is the whole HTTP request that Netsparker sent to detect the issue.

Response

This is the reply from the system against the payload.

HTTP Request

This is the whole HTTP request that Netsparker sent to detect the issue.

HTTP Response

This is the reply from the system against the payload.

Show/Hide Scan Details

This section provides some profile and policy settings that Netsparker uses to adjust its scanning to reach more coverage. For example, it lists all enabled security checks.

It provides information on your preference in selecting this scan so that developers have more details on how the scan was run.

For further information, see Security Checks.

How to Generate a HIPAA Compliance Report in Netsparker Enterprise
  1. Log in to Netsparker Enterprise.
  2. From the main menu, select Scans > Recent Scans
  3. Next to the relevant scan, select Report, then Export.
  4. From the Report drop-down, select HIPAA Compliance.
  5. From the Format drop-down, select an option.
  6. If required, select one of the following to configure your report:
  • Exclude Addressed Issues excludes those issues on which you've already taken action. (All Information level findings are marked as Accepted Risk automatically by default. To change this behavior, see Do not mark Information issues as accepted risks in General Settings).  
  • Export Confirmed includes only those issues that are confirmed.
  • Export Unconfirmed includes only those issues that are unconfirmed.
  1. Select Export

You can view the report in the Save location.

How to Generate a HIPAA Compliance Report in Netsparker Standard
  1. Open Netsparker Standard.
  2. From the ribbon, select the File tab. Local Scans are displayed. Double-click the relevant scan to display its results.
  3. From the Reporting tab, select the HIPAA Compliance Report
  4. From the Save Report As dialog, select a save location, then Save.
  5. The Export Report dialog is also displayed at this point, with the Path field already populated from the previous dialog.
  6. From this dialog, you can decide on:
  • Policy: Select the default report policy or customized report policy (see Custom Report Policies).
  • Format: Select HTML and/or PDF format.
  • Vulnerability Options (select one or all):
    • Export Confirmed: When selected, the report will include confirmed vulnerabilities.
    • Export Unconfirmed: When selected, the report will also include unconfirmed vulnerabilities.
    • Export All Variations: Variations mean that if Netsparker identified some passive or Information level issues in more than one page, it does not show all these variations. However, users can change this by enabling or disabling this option.
  • Header and Footer:
    • Enter relevant information that will appear in the header and footer section of the report.
  • Open Generated Report: When selected, your report(s) is generated when you select Save.
  1. Select Save.

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