Of all the personal information about us that is now stored digitally, details relating to our health and medical records, are among the most sensitive in terms of both privacy and accuracy. This is because our well-being and even our lives may depend on decisions that are informed by this data.
As Healthcare providers strive to integrate the latest Health Information systems (HIS), while maintaining compliance with all the necessary regulations, the need for ironclad data security has never been greater.
One of the biggest security challenges facing modern Healthcare providers today is how to control and manage the ever-increasing number of staff and contractors with privileged access to critical data and systems. Indeed, one hospital currently using the WALLIX for its Privileged Access Management, reports that up to sixty external service providers are granted daily access to carry out routine maintenance operations on their equipment. In countries such as the US and the UK, these challenges have been further compounded by enforced structural changes in the organisation, administration and funding of healthcare institutions.
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“Had there been some targeted monitoring of what the privileged users were doing at Anthem, this suspicious behavior would have possibly been detected much sooner.”
Jeffrey Vinson, CISO, Harris Health System
Why healthcare providers should
focus on Privileged Access Management ?
Privileged Access Management (PAM) refers to a set of technologies designed to mitigate the inherent risks associated with the privileged user accounts of administrators and super-users. By providing full control and visibility of the sensitive, daily tasks of such personnel, an effective PAM solution can greatly reduce the risk of attack, while helping to ensure compliance with Healthcare regulations.
“Ever since it was set up in 2012, Wallix AdminBastion (WAB) solution has proven its worth: within less than three years, this solution allowed us to monitor more than 140 000 entries to our secure servers.”
Soufiane Kadmiry, CIO at the Niort Hospital Center
“WAB allows us to see everything our external service providers do on our information systems and avoids us having to provide them with the logins and passwords of our target resources, which are sometimes critical.“
Jean-Baptiste Gard IT network & security manager
Facing the regulatory compliance challenge
In addition to the responsibility to patients and other stakeholders (whether public or private sector) to secure sensitive data, healthcare providers also face an array of government regulations, for which non-compliance can carry significant penalties. These include the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the US, Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA or the PIPED Act) in Canada, and several directives of the European Parliament that protect the processing and free movement of personal data, such as Directive 95/46/EC.
Meeting the healthcare providers requirements with Wallix privileged access management solution
At WALLIX, we believe that the value of a software solution lies as much in its ease of deployment, adoption and usage, as with its functional and technological capabilities. WALLIX AdminBastion (WAB) Suite has therefore been designed not only to cover all risks relating to privileged access within Healthcare, but to do so in the simplest, most intuitive way, ensuring that business challenges are addressed in the shortest possible time and with minimal disruption to existing work-flows.