HealthLink Security Policy
The purpose of this Security Policy is to advise ways in which HealthLink’s staff will manage all aspects
of security, from password creation, data and network security, to privacy and physical security.
This document is available to HealthLink’s customers on request and is used by staff as the basis on
which management decisions regarding privacy and security are made, as well as forming the
foundation for more specific security policies.
Governance – HealthLink
Healthlink agrees to follow the directives and rulings of government appointed bodies concerned with
setting standards for security policy. HealthLink staff members are required to follow these directives
and rulings on the company’s behalf.
Ownership, management, responsibilities
HealthLink Privacy Officer – Chief Executive
The Chief Executive (CE) of HealthLink has overall responsibility for ensuring all relevant standards,
laws, acts, and other external and internal legislation and policies regarding patient and client privacy
are adhered to at all times.
HealthLink Security Officer – Chief Technology Officer
The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) has overall responsibility for Information Technology within
HealthLink. Including the provision and security of infrastructure, applications and communications,
and the management of Information Technology projects. Some responsibilities may be delegated to
other staff as applicable. This role is also responsible for maintaining private information security, and
compliance to the relevant information security standards and best practice guidelines.
All policies are regularly monitored and reviewed to ensure they remain relevant to all applicable
international standards, laws and legislation, HealthLink’s business aims and objectives, and in the
event of the introduction of new or upgraded technology.
This policy is reviewed at least annually by HealthLink’s Information Security Steering Committee.
Policy compliance – HealthLink
This policy is monitored for compliance by the CTO and may include random and scheduled
Compliance with the Security Policy and all other HealthLink policies is mandatory.
Any exception to this policy or any other HealthLink security related policy must be approved by the
CTO in advance.
Legislative compliance – International standards
HealthLink takes security and privacy seriously, therefore we take all necessary steps to ensure that
compliance to a range of legislation, statutes, codes of practice and policies is applicable to the
operations, systems and networks of HealthLink and our clients at all times.
Adopted by many countries around the world (including the UK, AU and NZ), ISO 27002 is used to
develop organisational security standards. ISO 27002 lays out a set of criteria which will achieve best
practice security management.
This policy and all other relevant policies are designed to align with a wide range of security
frameworks, including (but not limited to) the examples listed below. This also enables our clients to
determine whether their organisation meets internal compliance and legal objectives, and that they
adhere to best practice cyber security standards when working with HealthLink regarding their
networks, systems and data.
- ACSC/ASD – Australian Cyber Security Centre, and Australian Signals Directorate – Essential
Eight mitigation strategies (and all other ACSC requirements) – Australia.
- APRA – Australian Prudential Regulation Authority recommendations – Australia
- AS4400 – Personal Privacy Protection in Healthcare Information Systems – Australia
- CertNZ – Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) – 11 Top Tips for Cyber Security – New
- HISF – HISO10029:2015 – Health Information Security Framework – New Zealand – HealthLink
was a member of the Expert Advisory Committee which was responsible for the development of
- ITIL – Information Technology Infrastructure Library – Global
- Australian State and Federal Disability Discrimination Acts
- New Zealand Health and Disability Acts
Promoting security consciousness amongst customers and vendors
HealthLink takes every opportunity it can to promote awareness of the importance of security and
privacy within its extensive customer base, and to all vendors whose systems, data and/or networks
integrate with HealthLink’s in any way.
Trusted third parties
No third parties can work on the HealthLink infrastructure, system or network unless they are
contractors bound by declarations and security adherence as defined in other relevant policies.
Additionally, all HealthLink customers must adhere to security requirements as laid out in contracts,
terms of service, and all other relevant commercial agreements.
Additional security policies
Various HealthLink policies and documents are directly associated with, and/or referenced in, this
Security Policy. Please contact the CTO for further details.
Refer to the following sections for the purpose of some relevant policies.
Acceptable Use Policy
The purpose of the Acceptable Use Policy is to outline the acceptable use instructions for staff
regarding the use of HealthLink’s computer equipment, systems, networks and applications. This
policy protects HealthLink Ltd, and every HealthLink client and staff member from potential risks
including virus attacks, compromise of network systems and services, reputational damage and legal
Access Control Policy
The purpose of the Acceptable Use Policy is to ensure that all computer systems and networks owned
or managed by HealthLink are operated in an effective, safe, ethical and lawful manner.
This policy also ensures the prevention of unauthorised access through managed controls, to create
a secure computing environment.
Business Continuity Planning/Disaster Recovery Policy
The purpose of the Business Continuity Planning/Disaster Recovery (BCP/DR) Policy is to ensure the
appropriate resources are provided to enable HealthLink to prepare for, respond to, and recover from
disruptive incidents when they arise. This policy includes requirements and strategies for planning,
establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and continually improving
HealthLink’s BCP/DR capability.
The scale of events covered by this policy range from minor or partial system unavailability (business
continuity) through to total system loss (disaster recovery).
Communication and Mobile Devices Policy
The purpose of the Communication and Mobile Devices Policy is to ensure acceptable use of mobile
devices (including mobile phones) and communication systems used for business activities.
Computer Systems and Equipment Use Policy
The purpose of the Computer Systems and Equipment Use Policy is to advise users of, and ensure
compliance to, HealthLink’s requirements regarding the acceptable use of technology provided to staff.
Cyber Crime and Security Incidents Policy
The purpose of the Cyber Crime and Security Incident Policy is to ensure the correct procedures are
followed should systems be affected by a security incident.
Hardware Management Policy
The purpose of the Hardware Management Policy is to ensure the correct procedures are followed
regarding the purchase, deployment, maintenance and replacement of computer hardware and other
Information Management Policy
The purpose of the Information Management Policy is to ensure management and storage of data and
information does not comprise the electronic information repositories of HealthLink.
Personnel Management Policy
The purpose of the Personnel Management Policy is to ensure the risks of security breaches or threats
caused by HealthLink personnel are minimised or eliminated. It also ensures that all personnel using
and managing HealthLink’s computer systems and networks are sufficiently vetted according to strict
security requirements, and that they act in a responsible and ethical manner.