Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

A person’s health information alongside healthcare provider data, prescriptions, and health insurance login information is one of the most valuable commodities for sale on the dark web. Cybercriminals are constantly scanning for vulnerabilities in order to exfiltrate this sensitive data. It is therefore important to level up the security controls of organizations that deal with healthcare data.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, is a legislation passed by the United States Congress that among other things aims to safeguard the personal health information (PHI) of an individual. The PHI of an individual covers their personal details and identifiers, lab results, their pathology reports, scans, and any other sensitive information that can used for identity theft. The privacy and security rules, under Title II of the Act, require organizations to maintain administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to protect and preserve the confidentiality and integrity of patient information.

As a cybersecurity organization, we at GRM Technologies understand the vulnerabilities and security challenges of healthcare facilities and organizations that process healthcare data. Our experts will work with you to determine the attack surface of your facility or organization. This includes medical record systems, networked medical devices, payment processing systems, and any other devices or applications that may be used to collect, store, and transmit personal health information of an individual.

Cybercriminals, part of organized crime groups or state-sponsored, are on an aggressive hunt for healthcare data as it provides them leverage over their targets. In order to thwart their efforts our cybersecurity experts will work with you to install and maintain properly configured firewalls; ensure that data at rest and in transit is made unintelligible by using encryption; and implement an intrusion detection system to block out malware. We will also help you establish strong access control measures so that exposure to sensitive data is limited on a need-to-know basis by users who have been authenticated. This reduces insider risk by maintaining a constant log of your data and resources. Our team will work with you to set up a security operations center that monitors and tracks access to network resources and sensitive data, thereby allowing you to assess and detect any anomaly or fraudulent activity in your facility. Our experts will also review your data backup procedures in order to reduce the time for recovery in the event of a cyber incident. With many healthcare facilities moving to the cloud, we will conduct a thorough audit of the different layers of your cloud stack –  services, identity, storage, compute, load balancer, and applications –  to ensure that they are properly configured, managed, and secured against malicious activity.

Apart from technical safeguards, our teams will also work with you to apply the necessary administrative and physical safeguards to maintain the security of PHI. This includes creating acceptable use policies to help employees understand their rights and responsibilities while handling PHI. Our experts will also help you design information access policies to create least privilege roles to limit the damage in the event of a breach. We will also work with you to conduct periodic security awareness trainings so that your employees and staff are sensitized to the requirements of the law and also have an understanding of the different kinds of cyber attacks that they could be subject to. We will also work with you to set up a network of access controls and CCTV monitoring for your facility so that you maintain the necessary physical safeguards to protect your assets.

With GRM Technologies, you can be assured that you will have at your disposal the whole of spectrum of cybersecurity services in order to not only achieve and maintain your HIPAA compliance, but to attain the peace of mind that you have the most stringent cybersecurity controls to deter even the most aggressive forms of cyber attacks.

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