Cloud security reduces your HIPAA compliance burden

 Integrating monitoring, authentication, credentialing and access for HIPAA audits and enterprise-wide security from the cloud

Technology provides great leaps towards a healthcare organization’s ability to improve the accuracy of diagnosis, speed of communication and quick access to wealth of relevant knowledge  about the previous and immediate well-being of a patient—not to mention their personal and financial information. It also creates a significant challenge to ensure the safeguarding, privacy and security of all that data. That is one of the aims of HIPAA (and HITECH) compliance.

This is often expensive, resource-heavy, incorporates several solutions across multiple silos of data and requires a unique expertise not all organizations possess. Through the paradigm of cloud security, it doesn’t have to be so.

CloudAccess solves the issue with cloud security offerings that are affordable, manageable, easy to deploy, and most importantly…effective towards achieving a retailers security goals. Our HEALTHCARE PACKAGE promotes important infosec best practicesfrom the cloud

CloudAccess’ integrated cloud-based security includes several components needed to ensure that the most important tenants of HIPAA are addressed (SIEM, Log Management, Identity Management, single sign on – unified in the cloud as REACT). It provides enterprise-class capability at a fraction of the cost. But most importantly this security-as-a-service provides the visibility, authentication and access control across an entire network.

Compliance may be a driving force, but the overall security of your most sensitive assets, is a mission critical objective that must balance budget, available resources, recognized vulnerability and maintain patient trust. For each organization the answer is unique, but there are certain realities any hospital, mediacal/dental office, insurer, EMR/EHR should consider to better protect patient assets…and do so without compounding costs, burdening infrastructure resources and taxing manpower. CloudAccess can show you how. Ask for a demo.

CloudAccess Addresses Key HIPAA Mandates

HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ) mandates any organization tasked with maintaining or accessing patient records is required to directly control credentialing, authentication, authorization and access to these records:

HIPAA §164.308:

(3)   (i) Standard: Workforce security. Implement policies and procedures to ensure that all members of its workforce have appropriate access to electronic protected health information, as provided under paragraph (a)(4) of this section, and to prevent those workforce members who do not have access under paragraph (a)(4) of this section from obtaining access to electronic protected health information.

(ii) Implementation specifications:

(A) Authorization and/or supervision

(B) Workforce clearance procedure

(C) Termination procedures

Synopsis: Provide access to those authorized to have it, prevent access to those who shouldn’t and enforce policies of deprovisioning.

How Cloud Access meet requirement: Identity Management (IDaaS) & Access Control

  • Identity management (IDaaS) regulates provisioning (add/remove users) and passwords 3(ii)(C)
  • Identity creates permissions based on roles (job and use functions, hierarchies and organizational divisions) 3(ii)(A)
  • Access management authenticates and authorizes those groupings to see certain applications 3(i)
  • Access management creates single sign on portals for SaaS, legacy and web apps
  • Identity and access management can be integrated for easy compliance from the cloud

In order to comply with HIPAA requirements, an organization must institute an active policy of monitoring, review and remediation

HIPAA §164.308:

1)     (i) Standard: Security management process. Implement policies and procedures to prevent, detect, contain, and correct security violations.

(ii) Implementation specifications:

(A) Risk analysis (Required). Conduct an accurate and thorough assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information held by the covered entity or business associate.

(B) Risk management (Required). Implement security measures sufficient to reduce risks and vulnerabilities to a reasonable and appropriate level to comply with §164.306(a).

(C) Sanction policy (Required). Apply appropriate sanctions against workforce members who fail to comply with the security policies and procedures of the covered entity or business associate.

(D) Information system activity review (Required). Implement procedures to regularly review records of information system activity, such as audit logs, access reports, and security incident tracking reports.

Synopsis: Provide continuous monitoring and incorporate, risk analysis, vulnerability reports and escalation processes

How Cloud Access meet requirement: SIEM & Log Management

  • SIEM centrally correlates vulnerability context (vulnerability scans) with actual system activity to determine if vulnerabilities are being exploited 1(ii)(A)
  • Continuous monitoring captures all events, 7/24/365 review allows faster, more complete risk analysis 3(ii)(B) Create alerts based on specific organization policy-freeze account, block user, shut off port, etc… 3(ii)(C)
  • Log management collects all data for audit and review 3(ii)(D)
  • Inventory of authorized and unauthorized devices, software SIEM can correlate user activity with user rights and roles to detect violations of least privilege enforcement
  • SIEM and Log management are NOT two separate solutions, but can be a single integrated solution from the cloud

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