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Healthcare Security – Top 3 Must-Haves

Posted by Security Steve on Jul 3, 2015

As the healthcare industry continues to reel from the often constant barrage of cyber attacks, healthcare organizations must choose a solution that reduces information security risk and helps them meet HIPAA compliance requirements.  Healthcare entities, regardless of size, need to perform their own “health check” as to the adequacy of their privacy and security posture of handling patient data (both IT and paper-based files).  


But what specifically, should an organization look for in a solution?  Here are our recommendations for the Top Three Must-Haves.


  1. Security Visibility
Security visibility is all about the capability to provide a clear view into the operation of security controls and making the relevant information easy to see. That is, the program should provide an “unobstructed view” into how our systems and networks are running and making it “readily noticed” when something unexpected occurs. It’s being able to answer the Who-What-Where-When-How questions.  For example, “Who is accessing the network and what is their role in the organization. Where are they accessing the network from? When is the access taking place?
What type of device are they using?   What application are they using? 
What data are they accessing?” Your system must be able to answer those questions and then provide real-time incident response guidance to minimize any risk of downtime.


  1. Security Controls

Security controls are safeguards or countermeasures to help minimize – or even avoid - security risks.  They focus on technical aspects of information security with the primary goal of helping organizations prioritize and automate their efforts to defend against the most common and damaging insider and outsider attacks. The key for any healthcare organization is to make certain that the chosen security solution works with you to establish proactive security controls to reduce the risk of a privacy breach.


  1. HIPPA Compliance

Being HIPPA compliant means that healthcare organizations must ensure that all the required physical, network and process security measures are in place and followed.  It means being able to implement proper security incident procedures, ensure that logging and auditing procedures are in place, and finally establish & enforce information security best practices.  But we recommend going beyond simple compliance checklists. Instead of a point-in-time assessment, look for a solution that gives you around-the-clock coverage of your IT environment and ePHI data.


This is where the EIQ security healthcare solutions can help. EIQ’s SOCVue helps prevent unauthorized access to protected health information (PHI) and improve HIPAA compliance with 1) 24x7 security monitoring for critical healthcare IT infrastructure; 2)Log management, access control monitoring and HIPAA compliance reporting; and 3)Continuous assessment of security controls to reduce risk of an ePHI data breach.

Tags: Healthcare, HIPAA, Log Management

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