Your security and compliance glossary

All the terms you need to know when you’re trying to get compliance audit ready, fast.

Show filters

What are HIPAA Sanctions?

HIPAA sanctions include a range of penalties for HIPAA violations. The financial and other penalties incurred as a result of HIPAA violations and data breaches can be extraordinarily costly. These can range from significant fines that vary by violation, employee sanctions, organizational costs of issuing breach notifications and mitigating damages following breaches, to the further possibility of criminal prosecution.


Many covered entities and business associates apply employee sanctions for HIPAA violations depending on the magnitude of the breach—whether a violation was intentional or accidental and whether the employee reported the violation as soon as possible. Sanctions can apply to employees who were aware that a HIPAA violation by another employee had occurred but failed to report it. Employee training can prevent HIPAA violations from occurring, whether intentional or accidental. 


An organization can receive a fine whether a violation was unintentional or deliberate. Civil violations often involve situations where a covered entity fails to resolve a breach violation, and the application of civil money penalties helps compensate for the violation. The Office for Civil Rights separates civil money penalties into four categories that range from a Tier 1 violation committed without an entity having known (incurring a possible fine of $100 – $50,000 per violation, with an annual maximum of $25,000 for repeat violations) to a Tier 4 violation in which a breach occurred due to willful negligence and without remedy to the cause of the violation (incurring a fine of $50,000 per violation, and capped at $1.5 million per year). A revised interpretation of the HITECH Act implemented caps, with annual maximums increasing with the severity of the violation tier—a change intended to acknowledge an entity’s level of culpability in a breach and set maximum fines accordingly. 


Companies that manage and monitor their HIPAA compliance on an ongoing basis can more successfully identify any potential data security risks or threats and mitigate those risks before they turn into larger and costlier problems.

Additional resources you might like:

Compliance
Event
How to demonstrate secure AI practices with ISO 42001

Join Vanta and A-LIGN for a Coffee and Compliance session on ISO 42001 —what it is, what types of organizations need it, and how it works.

Security
Guide
Growing pains: How to update and automate outdated security processes

Has your business outgrown its security processes? Learn how to update them in this guide.

Company news
Blog
Celebrating 1,000 reviews on G2 and our first-ever Customer Week

With over 1,000 reviews, Vanta has been named the #1 Leader in G2’s Grid® Report for Security Compliance | Spring 2024.

Additional resources you might like:

Compliance
Event
How to demonstrate secure AI practices with ISO 42001

Join Vanta and A-LIGN for a Coffee and Compliance session on ISO 42001 —what it is, what types of organizations need it, and how it works.

Security
Guide
Growing pains: How to update and automate outdated security processes

Has your business outgrown its security processes? Learn how to update them in this guide.

Company news
Blog
Celebrating 1,000 reviews on G2 and our first-ever Customer Week

With over 1,000 reviews, Vanta has been named the #1 Leader in G2’s Grid® Report for Security Compliance | Spring 2024.

Compliance
Event
Automating your existing compliance program

With Vanta, you get enough flexibility to choose between a wealth of pre-built content and the ability to customize and configure the product to match your program’s needs. Curious to see this in action?

Compliance
Event
How to automate ISO 27001 & SOC 2 compliance

Join Vanta’s 45-minute live product demo on 25 April at 11 am BST. Two of our team members will walk you through the platform and answer questions throughout the session.

Compliance
Event
ISO 27001 & SOC 2 compliance automation

Join Vanta’s 45-minute live product demo on 10th April at 1pm AEST. Two of our team members will walk you through the platform and answer questions throughout the session.

Compliance
Event
Combating threats through a continuous compliance

In the world of cloud infrastructure, security teams frequently find themselves bouncing between tools to track alignment to compliance standards. What’s more, they must often contend with a lack of visibility into risk and potential threats.

Security
Event
How to build an enduring security program as your company grows

Join Vanta's CISO, Jadee Hanson, and seasoned security leaders at company's big and small to discuss building and maintaining an efficient and high performing security program.

Compliance
Event
Ask Me (Almost) Anything: AI & Compliance

What does AI mean for your company’s security compliance program? Join our session on 28 March 9 am AEDT where Matt Cooper, Privacy, Risk and Compliance Manager at Vanta, and Noam Rubin, Sr. Software Engineer at Vanta, will answer (almost) all your questions about AI and compliance.

Get compliant and
build trust, fast.

Two wind turbines on a white background.
Get compliant and build trust,
fast.
Get started