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What Is a Zero Trust Security Strategy and How Can Adopting One Help Protect Healthcare Institutions?
Posted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 11:20:00 AM
 

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By the BlueAlly Marketing Team

Zero Trust systems protect information by limiting access more effectively. This makes them ideal for healthcare institutions.

Why Healthcare Institutions Need Zero Trust Security

Information security is important to every business, but in the healthcare field, it’s crucial. A breach of confidentiality can be a HIPAA violation, resulting in severe legal penalties. Information security also protects data from being altered or corrupted - a vital concern when lives depend on accurate information.

Security service managers recommend that every business with crucial security needs implement a Zero Trust security strategy. Companies such as HP Inc. use this strategy and, through licensed security experts, offer it as a service to others.

What Is Zero Trust Security?

Most information security systems are built on the concept of “trusted users.” Once users have verified their identities, they are free to move about the system with considerable freedom. They can upload, download, and alter information with few internal checks.


A Zero Trust system is much more selective about which users have access to what data. It identifies a “protect surface” comprising the network’s most critical data, assets, applications and services (DAAS). It protects these critical assets with a next-generation firewall.


The Zero Trust system monitors every user and tracks what applications they use and what data they access. It classifies user access via a granular Layer 7 policy. This not only limits who has access, it also limits what they can do within a certain system - providing just-enough-access (JEA) for each user to do their job.

How to Implement Zero Trust Security

Companies such as HP Inc. employ Zero Trust security strategies to protect their most important data. They also provide software and license security experts to administer Zero Trust systems. These experts follow a five-step process:

  • Identify the protect surface
  • Map transaction flows
  • Build the system architecture
  • Create a Zero Trust policy
  • Monitor & maintain

This process customizes the security system to your healthcare business and allows ongoing protection.

The security and integrity of employees and patients are vital concerns and need the best possible protection. That’s why Zero Trust systems are increasingly important in the healthcare industry.

BlueAlly provides solutions, expertise and strategy to allow our partners to focus on innovation within their business. Contact your BlueAlly Account Manager or email us at reach@blueally.com to discover ways that we can help!


Sources:

https://blueally.com/product-solution#security

https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/cyberpedia/what-is-a-zero-trust-architecture#:~:text=Zero Trust is a strategic,from an organization's network architecture.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/business/zero-trust

https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/index.html

 
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