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Identity Helps Healthcare
Mitigate Insider Risks

Many healthcare organizations place a heavy emphasis on perimeter security and keeping hackers out of their IT infrastructure. But what if the threat originates from an insider? Employees and other users with verified access may expose sensitive data by accident or with malicious intent.

Beyond awareness and training, healthcare providers need a comprehensive, intelligent, identity governance solution to help protect applications, systems and highly sensitive data stored in files.

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Identity Helps Healthcare Mitigate Insider Risks


Insider Threats Expose Sensitive Data

“Insider threats” are typically when credentialed users exploit their access to an organization’s systems and information for theft, fraud or misuse. However, there is a growing presence of insiders – not only employees, but also the non-employed staff, vendors, partners, contractors, volunteers and even patients – improperly exposing data as a result of misuse or negligence.

  • According to Verizon, 58% of health data breaches involved insiders. Of those, 41% of the breaches were driven by non-malicious misuse of data, including bypassing security measures out of convenience.
  • According to a Ponemon survey, insiders compromised more than 1.6M patient records in 2017.


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While training and awareness are currently the most used tactics for thwarting insider threats, too many healthcare organizations do not yet deploy critical technology to enable secure governance. To mitigate this risk, healthcare organizations must center its security efforts on governing the access rights of each identity.

While most providers are leveraging various technology to keep outsiders out of their IT infrastructure, the information security gap continues to widen because data exposure is often due to someone on the inside, whether by accident, negligence or intentional.

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Seven Success Factors for Identity Governance in Healthcare

Hospitals and other health services organizations need to put controls in place to better protect patients and their data. A recent blog posts lists seven success factors for identity governance in healthcare:

  1. Start with a clear understanding of business needs
  2. Address the “people component” as a first priority
  3. Work to achieve business accountability
  4. Choose your project leader based on your organization’s needs
  5. Find and maintain strong executive leadership
  6. Communicate results early and often
  7. Avoid the “big bang” approach; start small and build momentum
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