Over the past few weeks, there have several posts in my LinkedIn feed around the growing concern around insider threats for healthcare organizations. The most recent of these posts was a write-by Maize Analytics which was a summary of his thoughts on a recent HIMMS study performed by SailPoint. In his (Dan Fabbri) post he calls out the following to combat healthcare insider threats:on
The best way to combat insider threats is by combining a training and awareness program with technology. With machine learning, user-based analytics, and artificial intelligence programs that monitor ePHI access, hospitals can catch inappropriate access to patient data.
While this approach is one step in controlling access to sensitive data the reality is that it is not protecting the data. The above approach should be partnered with technical solutions that classify and protect the data that may be exported out of clinical systems. Traditionally, some of the larger healthcare organizations have tried to implement a client (agent) based DLP solution(s) to address this scenario but in a lot of cases have had challenges, if not failures, due to the complexity of these systems.
Given that the majority of the data generated out of a clinical system ends up in an unstructured form (ie Office or PDF files, makes up 85% of unstructured data in most corporations) a technical solution that classifies and protect these files at the time of creation should be considered. One such technical solution that can classify and protect files is Microsoft’s Azure Information Protection (AIP) which automatically labels sensitive files being created by staff.
An example from working with healthcare customers is that physicians were exporting sensitive patient data from the EMR in order to perform clinical research with colleagues at another healthcare organization. This data was being sent in an Excel format via email with no protection and was accidentally sent to a recipient with 1000’s of sensitive patient information. In this scenario, if AIP had been in place the data could have been automatically classified as having sensitive patient information then applied protection (encrypting the file) to ensure that unattended recipients couldn’t have opened up the document. This protection is applied at the file level so even if the file was placed on an external drive, a network share or online storage (Box, DropBox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc) it would still be safe.
As healthcare organizations adopt Exchange Online and other cloud technologies, leveraging a Cloud App Security Broker (CAS-B) to monitor for sensitive data leaving the organization should be a technical solution to evaluate to further expand data protection.
More information about Microsoft’s Azure Information Protection can protect data is available here.
The Microsoft Healthcare Blog recently posted about this great event to start off the new year. Provided below is a summary of what will be covered during this week of presentations starting on 1/7.
More details on each of these sessions can be found here.
WOW!! What a year for the Cybersecurity industry. Some things haven’t changed (breaches are still occurring) but the security solutions continue to evolve and this includes Microsoft 365 Security. Included in this edition of the newsletter is a compilation of announcements and resources from calendar year 2018 that show the power of the M365 Security platform. It was an exciting year and suspect that 2019 will be more of the same for Microsoft and its customers.
It’s been a few years, actually over 3, since I have blogged personally and I have missed the the cathartic relief of putting my own thoughts down on electronic paper provides.
With that being said, starting in the new year off I will be reigniting my blog to discuss items related to technology and security that I come across on a weekly basis in working with customers. Other items that will appear here will be focused on personal technical items and pictures I capture as I am out with the family or while traveling.
If you are an enterprise IT PRO then you are familiar with MDOP, MDT and RSAT and probably been wondering when new versions will be available to support Windows 10. Have no fear, this week Microsoft released updates for each of these tools so that enterprises can begin deploying Windows 10.