PHI is constantly on the move and having an audit trail is critical for security and regulatory compliance. Solutions that handle PHI must work under HIPAA’s privacy and security rules, so it’s critical to ensure that service providers support HIPAA compliance to help support ongoing business transformation.
Given the interconnected nature of the future with Internet of Medical Things devices, virtual care, robotics, and more, the current perimeter-based security model used by most healthcare organizations isn’t effective. To stay ahead of these trends, HCOs must make a fundamental shift to a Zero Trust model.
The Zero Trust model recognizes that traditional perimeters at HCOs are a thing of the past. Zero Trust systems must validate access always for all resources to ensure only authorized, validated individuals are accessing data. It shifts defenses from traditional static, network-based perimeters to focus on:
Zero Trust relies on a multi-layered approach — with the core principle that nothing can be trusted. With the traditional perimeter gone, the “trust but verify” paradigm is also gone, replaced by verify-verify-verify.
Technologies often deployed in Zero Trust systems include:
Zero Trust requires a cultural shift and company-wide commitment to security and clear communication to succeed. An experienced partner can assist in creating a culture of security and communicating with employees, partners, vendors, and more to assist HCOs in modernizing their systems to protect against the latest attacks.
Article: Principles of Zero Trust Security
Include these key business systems as part of an internal review of cyber security preparedness:
Mock hacks and phishing email attacks should be implemented to test employees and identify where additional staff training on cybersecurity best practices, policies, and protocols may be required on topics like: