As we’ve previously discussed, medical record cybersecurity is fraught with peril. To begin with, the black market value of medical records is higher than other records. This creates the incentive for hackers to commit medical record theft. Moreover, the complexity and surface attack area of healthcare systems present numerous routes for hackers to exploit. Consequently, healthcare cybersecurity needs to be ready for different plans of attack.
While government regulations establish mandatory best practice guidelines for maintaining cybersecurity, HIPAA implementation comes with a number of difficulties of its own. Many organizations are not fully compliant. Failure to meet HIPAA compliance requirements can leave gaps or vulnerabilities in medical record cybersecurity. Such breaches result in reputational damage, government fines, and lawsuits from clients whose records have been breached.
The question for healthcare organizations is: how do they implement medical record cybersecurity that can confront these challenges?
Automated Assurance for Medical Record Cybersecurity
Many healthcare organizations struggle to verify if their desired security posture (or stance) is properly implemented. Often, they don’t even have full visibility as to what assets and systems are in place. This makes comprehensive and compliant security impossible. To help fortify medical record cybersecurity and overall system hygiene, Spanugo’s Automated Security Assurance Platform (ASAP) offers innovative and cutting edge features focused on automated cybersecurity assurance and regulatory compliance. It assesses and manages configuration and security policies. Spanugo’s ASAP offers real-time monitoring of cybersecurity posture and compliance to provide continuous assessment of security readiness. This prevents data breaches both now and in the future.
Full Stack Security
ASAP offers breadth and depth of coverage through full-stack security, covering on-premise, cloud and multi-cloud, and hybrid environments. For example, if you have a network and applications on-premise, with cloud accounts and services – including Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS) – Spanugo’s ASAP provides coverage for these interconnected environments. Simply put, it is the only architecture that can fully cover both on-premise and cloud environments. Because ASAP is automated, it removes human errors that emerge with complex compliance frameworks. These errors are typically due to misconfigurations and vulnerability gaps across these environments.
Automated HIPAA Compliance
While HIPAA compliance is a necessary part of medical record cybersecurity, it isn’t always easy to maintain:
- Implementation is time-consuming and costly.
- The attack surface level of healthcare systems is immense, leading to problems of human error.
- Changing technologies require changes to the security infrastructure.
- Changes to HIPAA regulations requires vigilance with respects to configuration and security protocols.
ASAP’s automated features solve these problems, making compliance more efficient and effective. To begin, it includes HIPAA compliance “out of the box.” This allows organizations to automate all of HIPAA’s IT-related compliance regulations, saving the time it would take to manually implement them. Once installed, ASAP provides automatic, comprehensive, continuous, and consistent detection of compliance benchmarks.
- Validation reports that check how closely the current environment matches HIPAA requirements
- Notification of incorrectly implemented security control where required by policy.
- How ASAP detected the compliance gap.
ASAP also produces data that drives an ongoing process of compliance via drift analysis. Drift analysis allows organizations to keep up with policy changes as they occur. It indicates where compliance gaps emerge and offers remediation reports to correct such gaps. It also maintains security posture following IT environmental changes and offers remediation plans for gaps when they emerge.
Breach Prevention and Cybersecurity Posture Management
Proper medical record cybersecurity requires a greater attention to security than the basic HIPAA regulations. Consequently, Spanugo’s ASAP proactively identifies potential issues through risk analysis. It identifies system vulnerabilities and risks, and prioritizes and categorizes them.
Hackers breach security systems through four common place routes:
- Exploiting misconfigurations.
- Gaining unauthorized user access, often through compromised or blank passwords.
- Exploiting inadequate protection mechanisms, including encryption of devices and drives.
- Discovering protected information unintentionally stored in public servers during architectural changes to system infrastructures.
ASAP’s risk analysis provides prioritization and guidance for automatic, comprehensive, continuous, and consistent detection of configurations and vulnerabilities to maintain security hygiene. This begins with identifying situations where a customer is running software or configurations that are risky. It also undertakes a constant process of auditing security protocols, including managing users and their permissions, configuration checks, password queries and assessments, and anything related to IT assets.
When problems such as misconfigurations or blank passwords are detected, ASAP queries, assess, and provides remediation guidance to fix these vulnerabilities. In offering remediation guidance, it also allows users to create tickets to track remediation in order to construct a project plan around security fixes. Drift Analysis from the Golden (“Desired”) posture can then help organizations to maintain the new security posture, alerting customers to any vulnerabilities brought about by future IT environmental changes.
Multi-Stage Security and Compliance
These cybersecurity posture management mechanisms provide the desired level of medical record cybersecurity. But a fully protected environment requires a combination of mechanisms or multiple stages to deal with both internal or external attackers. For example, a house has doors and windows that can be closed and locked to protect the valuables in the house. A basic security system would detect these being opened. A further level of security is required inside the house, in case thieves manage to breach the first level. This second level might include motion sensors or a separate security system that protects a safe inside the house. At a third level, a security company is alerted when either of the first two levels are triggered. A fourth level would involve an investigation of the causes of the breach and improvements to prevent thieves from exploiting the same gaps in the future.
In much the same way, a cybersecurity system needs multiple levels of security because no system or single level of security is fail-proof. For example, misconfigurations can disable security or protection mechanisms. With another layer of security such as encryption, you have further protection for medical records. And, more importantly, with a third level of protection operating in real time, you can be notified when these first or second levels are breached.
A Multi-Stage Solution
Spanguo’s ASAP provides multi-stage security and compliance. At a first level, it automates the discovery and assessment of potential vulnerabilities or misconfigurations against compliance and security best practices benchmarks. At the second level, it provides specific protections for these vulnerabilities, as well as compliance assurance and validations. Thirdly, it offers remediation plans, including prioritized gap reports that allow you to create tickets and properly manage the implementation of the remediation plan. Fourth, it provides monitoring and drift analysis, highlighting recent control changes and policy drifts, making it easy to spot degradation in security caused by remediation or policy changes.
Finally, it provides continuous systematic security analysis. It repeats this multi-stage process, going back to the first level and working through the same cycle with the new configurations and vulnerability protections. It provides continuous security assessment and compliance by providing data that drives an ongoing process of control validation through a closed loop security automation cycle.
Maintain Your Cybersecurity Posture With Spanugo ASAP
Cybersecurity assurance is a critical but difficult requirement for medical record cybersecurity. The scale, diversity, and dynamism of today’s IT environments creates a level of complexity never seen before in the healthcare sector. Spanugo’s ASAP was designed to address these challenges and is capable of assuring security in the most complex hybrid IT environments across multiple cloud and on-premise locations. For more information on ASAP and how it can help maintain your medical record cybersecurity, request a free trial or contact us.