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Healthcare Security

To start with, we are a Niche Security product engineering and services company.

Healthcare industry is the darling of Cyber Criminals:

Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting the $3 trillion U.S. healthcare industry. As per the Ponemon Institute study, some 90% of healthcare organizations have reported at least one data breach in the past two years, with more than a third seeing more than five breaches.

As per IBM X-Force report, a 1.166% increase in reported health care records breached from 2014 to 2015. In fact, nearly 100 million health care records were compromised in 2015. There are 321 million people in the U.S., so this equates to roughly 1 in every 3 people in the country, which is actually where the majority of the health care records were stolen. Today, on the black market, the value of medical data is greater than even that of financial information.

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Regulations keeping the Healthcare industry on its toes:

There are numerous security and privacy related regulations apply to healthcare providers such as HIPAA, HITECH, PCI-DSS, State Regulations, etc. Few regulations have evolved over a number of years to keep pace with technology advancements.

Our Solutions:

We partner with the three entities covered by HIPAA compliance ( i.e. health plans, health care clearinghouses and health care providers who conduct the standard health care transactions electronically) and provides Consulting and solution development services to implement the administrative, technical and physical safeguards needed as defined in the HIPAA compliance.

Compliance is not equal to Security and hence our role as the trusted Security partner is to not only to enable our clients to achieve compliance but also guide them to layout out a strong security program and execution engine so that they have Security as the enabler and differentiator.

Administrative Safeguards How we can help
Security Management Process
  • Establish Risk Management Framework that will cover Risk Governance, Risk Evaluation, Risk Response

  • Risk assessment

  • Implement Information security management system (ISMS) using ISO 27001:2013 standard

Information Access Management
  • Assess your environment & business processes and define the future state

  • Architecture review and identify the points where e-PHI data in involved

  • Define the policies and procedure for identity and access control

  • Layout an Identity and Access management (IAM) Execution Roadmap

Workforce training and management
  • Conduct regular trainings and workshops on security awareness especially w.r.t HIPAA compliance

  • Conduct mock exercises and methodologies to evaluate the effectiveness of trainings

  • Define the sanctions for non-compliance of workforce members on violation of policies and procedures


HIPAA compliance assessment

Physical Safeguards How we can help
Device Security
  • Define policies and procedures regarding the transfer, removal, disposal, and re-use of electronic media

Technical Safeguards How we can help
Access Controls
  • Identity and access management (IAM):
    Implement IAM solutions either developing in-house or using commercial Off-the-shelf products

  • Authentication:
    Implement appropriate Authentication Solutions. This may involve implementing 2 factor authentication solutions:

    • Hardware and Software Tokens (PKI Based, HOTP or TOTP based on OATH standard) on desktop and mobiles,
    • OTP over SMS/Email
    • Push Notification
    • Certificates

    This may involve implementing adaptive authentication solutions, network service and network device authentication, Single sign-on and federation, social media login.

  • Customization and Integration:
    Customized reporting and dashboard and integrating IAM product with other security products and systems as needed

Audit Controls
  • Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution deployment, integration and customization
  • Build custom agents to collect access data related to e-PHI
  • Customized reporting and dashboard implementation
Integrity Controls
  • Digitally signature based solution implement to ensure that the e-PHI data is not improperly altered
  • Implement access control systems to ensure that only the right people have access to right data at right time for right reasons
Transmission security
  • API Management and Security
    Implement API platform :
    • Secure the API access
    • Ensure e-PHI data exchange is shared securely through use of HTTPS channel, data encryption
    • Prevent security attacks defined in OAWSP Top 10 and other security standards
  • VPN solutions implementation
  • Email encryption solutions implementation
  • Cloud security policies and procures definition and appropriate safeguards implementation

Breach Notification:

The HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, 45 CFR §§ 164.400-414, requires HIPAA covered entities and their business associates to provide notification following a breach of unsecured protected health information.

When it comes to security breaches, it is no more a question of "if" but more of a question of "when".

We all know that 100% security is not possible but you would not want to be caught unprepared for such scenarios. In fact you could survive the breach impact and come out more strongly if you have ensured that you have as well defined strategy and action plan should a breach occur. Surprisingly many of the well-known organizations do not have one.

Our comprehensive 'After Breach - Survive and Rise' methodology can help you to define the short, medium and long term activities that you should be doing once the breach occurs so that you don't just survive the breach immediate impact, address the breach notification requirements, but come out much more strongly and enabled.

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