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Promisec Comments on Endpoint Security in the Healthcare Industry

Promisec : 07 May, 2010  (Technical Article)
Responding to Identity Force report on the state of healthcare data security, Promisec is calling on the industry to improve the security of its endpoints in order to reduce the incidences of data leakage
In response to a scathing new report from Identity Force, hospitals must immediately review their approach to managing the security of healthcare data, warns endpoint management software vendor, Promisec. The "Spring 2010 National Survey of Hospital Compliance Executives" report revealed that 41.5% of hospitals have ten or more data breaches per year and over 20% percent have twenty or more breaches annually. The numbers are consistent with findings in Promisec's own study of approximately 100,000 endpoints over 25 organizations, showing that 23% of endpoints are missing third party agents such as those designed to protect security, ensure compliance, and guard data.

"The incidence of healthcare confidentiality breaches has reached massive proportions," declared Promisec CEO Amir Kotler. "Both the magnitude and urgency of the problem demand an immediate and thorough review of the technologies healthcare institutions are using to manage the security of healthcare data."

Specifically, hospitals and health care organizations rely on agents such as Data Leakage Protection (DLP) and data encryption to ensure that documents are only accessed by authorized staff. Furthermore, they implement policies regarding network connectivity and the connection of devices such as USB-keys, to regulate the removal of information from those computers. However, when such protections are disabled or misconfigured, data is badly compromised.

"Overwhelming complexity is one of the major roots of healthcare data leakage," said Kotler. "Healthcare compliance managers are inundated by regulations, and they rely on multiple tools and complex reporting procedures to gather information and enforce compliance. Today's healthcare CIOs need one centralized control mechanism that can give them 100% assurance that security controls are in place and working to identify and remedy all possible sources of compliance compromises."

Promisec asserts that only a clientless solution can provide 100% visibility into endpoints, as well as automated and manual remediation of security holes in healthcare data.
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