The cloud brings your healthcare or life sciences organization greater flexibility and a larger variety of tools, allowing users to be more productive, collaborative, and responsive to patient or customer needs. But cloud adoption is not without risk if it is not secure. Beyond monetary losses, healthcare data breaches can harm an organization’s reputation and lead to litigation. With the increasing adoption of cloud services by medical professionals, researchers, and administrators, you have less visibility and control over sensitive data such as patient health records, clinical trials research data, and even non-public financials or business plans. To protect healthcare information such as protected health information (PHI) and ensure electronic health records (EHRs) remain secure, you need tools to secure your sensitive data in case of a healthcare data breach, enforce access controls, and restrict risky cloud activities.
IT needs a way to understand how PHI and other sensitive information is accessed and stored, and enforce policies and controls on it to protect data and ensure compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) regulations. Keeping sensitive information secure is key to patient privacy, securing company IP, avoiding regulatory fines, guarding against data breaches in healthcare, and more.
As cloud service usage grows, you need to understand and manage the risks associated with these cloud services. Granular visibility into your cloud usage will help you strike the right balance between these risks and the expected business benefits.
You need to understand activity-level usage of your cloud services in the context of regulations such as HIPAA and HITECH, and ensure compliant usage by governing access, activities, and data in your cloud services.
It’s easy to share data in the cloud, but improper sharing of sensitive data such as PHI or a patient’s EHR can lead to fines and breach of patient privacy. It’s important for you to identify and protect the sensitive data stored in the cloud and also control data as it’s being uploaded, downloaded, and shared, mitigating risk of data breaches in healthcare.
Find all cloud services in use across your organization, both sanctioned services and shadow IT. Understand the enterprise-readiness of these services with our objective Cloud Confidence Index and obtain detailed usage information about users, activities and data. Use this information to assess your risk and inform your cloud security policies, such as preventing users from uploading content to poorly rated personal cloud storage services.
Detect sensitive content at rest in sanctioned cloud services or en route to or from any cloud service with advanced, enterprise cloud DLP. Define granular policies – based on user, device, service, activity and data – to automatically protect your data by blocking activities, restricting access, encrypting data, and more.
The cloud makes it easy to share, but this same capability makes cloud services an attractive target for malicious actors. Protect your organization from cloud threats such as malware and ransomware and also detect unusual data movement or user activity that could indicate the presence of an active threat in your environment.
Enforce controls and restrictions on high-risk cloud services and activities to help address HIPAA and HITECH compliance, such as “Don’t share patients’ EHRs” or “Don’t let researchers upload PHI to any business intelligence services they use for clinical trials.” Audit suspected violations with full cloud activity trail that includes context such as user, activity, data, device, location, and more.