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Simplifying Compliance Management for HIPAA

With so much of their work focused on HIPAA compliance, it’s not surprising that today’s healthcare IT professionals worry about their ability understand and keep pace with regulatory change.  For groups with disjointed information security systems, it can be worse.  The day-to-day tasks associated with maintaining and proving compliance can often feel nightmarish – fraught with unnecessary complexity, too much administrative busywork and security gaps that leave the organization vulnerable to attack and potential violations. In fact, hiring a professional to review and ensure compliance is often a necessity.

So how do you efficiently manage compliance and secure patient information? At IIS Technology, we believe it starts with a holistic, multilayered security strategy – one that covers end points, perimeters, infrastructure, applications and patient data. We also stress solution adaptability to ensure the long-term viability of security investments as IT infrastructures evolve, HIPAA regulations change and attack vectors become more sophisticated.

While every security strategy is unique, healthcare organizations as a whole should consider the following when transforming compliance and data protection systems:

End Point Control
Smart healthcare organizations are taking the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobility to new levels – using it to revamp healthcare delivery models, integrate real-time biometric data into treatment plans and find new ways to boost provider productivity. Without strong authentication, content regulation and access control over all end points, they are effectively creating more vulnerabilities and management headaches. To simplify security at this layer, we recommend HPE Aruba ClearPass, a solution Gartner advocates as “one of the leading guest access, policy enforcement and onboarding solutions in the market”. It unifies heterogeneous network assets and then allows administrators to granularly control bring your own device (BYOD) IoT initiatives that span laptops, lab equipment, tablets, smartphones, sensors and more from a single interface – and easily update them when conditions change. 

SIEM with Analytics

Piecemeal security strategies leave exploitable holes in defenses, and create visibility gaps that enable hackers to remain undetected for months while they export patient information. Implementing a centralized security information and event management (SIEM) system eliminates alarm fatigue and lets administrators significantly reduce the time it takes to diagnose infections and clarify the magnitude of each threat.

A SIEM platform with malware and behavioral analytics – HPE ArcSight, in particular – takes threat management to the next level. Using global intelligence, it automatically identifies and flags known attack vectors as they are detected. And it continuously identifies malicious activity occurring anywhere in the IT stack.

Being intelligent and fully programmable, data-driven SIEM solutions give healthcare organizations the tools to rapidly identify threats, reduce time to remediation and proactively strengthen security

End-to-End Encryption
If cybercriminals are fixated on stealing private patient data, why not make it unusable in the event of a breach? Clearly, encryption has to be essential to any security strategy.  To ensure flexibility over the long run, companies need to however, new end-to-end solutions, such the approach offered by HPE SecureData, which eliminates much of the administrative work needed to continuously manage certificates and symmetric keys. Because the access policy travels with the data, compliance teams need to devote only 0.1 full-time employee per data center for ongoing management once HPE SecureData is installed.

Being one of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s largest Platinum Partners, we have the expertise to leverage the entire portfolio of security solutions to both eliminate vulnerabilities and simplify day-to-day management tasks.

Compliance tasks and potential threats can be managed effectively.  Contact us today for a complete security assessment and learn how to holistically protect your patient data.

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