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TriWest Earns DoD's Upgraded Security Certification


PHOENIX — TriWest Healthcare Alliance has earned the new, upgraded security accreditation required by the Department of Defense for continued protection of the personal and healthcare information of military service members, retirees and their families.

TriWest’s 25-plus member team worked during the first five months of 2008 implementing and validating compliance with the Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP). TriWest was awarded the three-year Authority to Operate (ATO) security accreditation on July 29.

"This achievement ensures we are in compliance and ready to fully support the security needs of the government," said TriWest Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kenneth Farmer, M.D. (Major General, USA-Ret) in a message to TriWest employees. "Information security is not about preparing for an inspection, passing it and then forgetting it. We must constantly pay attention to it."

DIACAP is a three-legged stool encompassing information security, physical security and administrative documentation. It is the DoD's comprehensive security standard.

TriWest received its first three-year ATO in 2005 and with the new, more comprehensive ATO received in July, TriWest will remain certified through 2011.

"Our employees understand that security (information and physical) is all of our responsibility," said TriWest Vice President and Chief Security Officer John Pontrelli, CPP, CISSP. "Corporate Security and Information Technology may set the direction and follow the specific requirements outlined by the government in each of these areas, but it is our employees who make it happen day in and day out."