Healthcare Industry Drivers and Challenges

Medical identity theft is increasing faster than retail or banking thefts¹ simply due to the amount of personal information available. Protecting confidential medical records from data leakage, malware and spyware is critical for healthcare organizations. Audits occur with greater frequency and regulations such as HIPAA, HITECH and the NHS Directive impact what organizations must do to be safe and compliant.

Adding to the issue is the increasing mobility of healthcare workers with the need to quickly share and disseminate information with doctors, insurance companies and other healthcare facilities. Data protection is more difficult with this type of data sharing because the systems other covered entities or business associates are using are potentially not secure enough. Endpoints which are not configured properly, not up-to-date with the latest patches and unmanaged removable media and applications can easily open the floodgates to data theft.

The modern tactics used by cyber criminals and malicious insiders to compromise data along with more stringent disclosure laws and increasing regulations are forcing healthcare organizations to take a new and deeper look at IT security.

Industry Solutions

Security Management Solutions from Lumension Secure Patient Information at the Endpoint

Security management software from Lumension protects against internal risks and external threats targeting healthcare organizations by providing comprehensive vulnerability management, endpoint security, and data protection solutions enabling you to:

Challenge Lumension Solution
Measure and comply with HIPAA requirement for safeguarding the integrity and availability of electronic protected health information (ePHI) and reduce HIPAA compliance costs. Lumension® Compliance and IT Risk Management helps organizations achieve lower costs of compliance by automating IT audit workflows, harmonizing controls with policy requirements, and providing greater visibility across IT assets for optimal security and compliance management. 
Lumension® Vulnerability Management
 provides proactive management of threats through automated collection, analysis, and delivery of patches for all major operating systems and applications across heterogeneous environments. Allows you to patch and remediate vulnerabilities before they can be exploited to access ePHI and provides out-of-the-box regulatory and standards-based assessment to ensure endpoints are properly configured and complete network-based scanning enables assessment and analysis of threats impacting all network devices.
Control and audit removable media and devices to comply with the HIPAA requirement for safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity and availability of ePHI and comply with the NHS Directive for data-in-transit.

Protect patient data records and patient privacy while enabling user productivity initiatives such as working remotely.
Lumension® Data Protection provides policy-based enforcement of removable devices to control the flow of inbound and outbound ePHI information via removable devices/media, to protect data using FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validated encryption, and to provide a detailed audit trail of all device usage attempts to meet compliance requirements.
Secure endpoints and severs from data theft to comply with the HIPAA requirement for safeguarding the confidentiality, integrity and availability of ePHI. Lumension® Endpoint Protection protects against malware and unknown threats that could compromise protected patient data. By allowing only authorized applications to run and through leading antivirus and innovative behavioral analysis, endpoints are fully protected from malware and unknown threats.
Audit and report on security policies. Lumension® Compliance and IT Risk Management helps organizations achieve lower costs of compliance by automating IT audit workflows, harmonizing controls with policy requirements, and providing greater reports and visibility across IT assets for optimal security and compliance management.
Improve IT system performance. All Lumension solutions together provide key capabilities that improve IT system performance: through standardizing endpoint configurations, patching vulnerabilities, monitoring USB flash drive usage, encrypting data, removing malware and by whitelisting applications and removable devices to ensure that only those authorized can execute on your network.
Reduce endpoint security TCO. All Lumension solutions help reduce endpoint security and management TCO by minimizing security or compliance crisis response and remediating vulnerabilities quickly with fewer required resources.
Meet changing industry practices and public policies. Lumension is a corporate member of HIMSS with access to updates in healthcare public policy and industry practices to ensure healthcare organizations are protected per policy and statutory requirements.
Source:
  1. Medical identity thefts on the rise, SC Magazine (Aug-08)