Patient safety and quality of service are the high priorities in healthcare. However, while delivering care, providers must also protect the integrity of patient records, ensure the constant availability of life-saving technologies, and maintain systems that support critical functions in their facilities. Any disruption in healthcare information systems can have severe consequences, including patient safety and loss of revenue. NetSPI delivers a range of advisory, assessment, and audit services that can reduce risk while helping you meet compliance requirements such as HIPAA, HITECH and PCI.
Strategic Security Services.
Healthcare organizations with poorly defined or incomplete security programs may find themselves facing large lists of audit findings and security gaps. Simply throwing money at the problem without a clearly defined strategy will deplete the security budgets, without significantly improving the overall security posture. That's why NetSPI offers client-driven Strategic Security Services. This customized security consulting includes security program development, interim CSO/CISO support, and program leadership services. These services are intended to help healthcare organizations better integrate security governance, create and maintain a security plan or a roadmap, and streamline security spending to ensure the highest return on investment.
The healthcare industry significantly depends on automation and technological advances that require use of software. Healthcare applications have been integrated into almost every aspect of patient care, from scheduling to monitoring life-saving devices. However, the primary focus when developing this technology is generally functionality, not security. NetSPI helps you minimize risk within applications through multi-layer application code reviews, database configuration reviews, and reviews of both thick clients and web applications. Additionally, NetSPI can help you evaluate the architecture and the implementation model of applications that may require advanced security controls, such as PKI and two-factor authentication.
Internal Vulnerability Assessment.
Availability of healthcare applications and systems can be significantly impacted by malware, propagated through a missing security patch or an error in configuration. Additionally, system and application vulnerabilities may significantly increase risks of unauthorized access to patient or otherwise sensitive data. In performing an Internal Vulnerability Assessment, we use multiple industry-leading tools, combined with expert manual testing by our consultants to verify findings and eliminate false positives. We apply the same thoroughness to quarterly ASV Scans that are part of the PCI compliance process.
Threats from malicious hackers remain a significant challenge for the healthcare industry. Penetration testing can help organizations focus on areas of their infrastructure that are most vulnerable, and have the highest risk of contributing to a security incident. NetSPI's internal and external penetration testing leverages our expert consultants. Additionally, NetSPI uses internally developed tools to identify vulnerabilities that allow us to bypass authentication / authorization controls, escalate privileges, and gain access to sensitive information.
Conducting risk assessments has been part of the security industry best practices for several years, and is a required control within multiple security and audit frameworks. Recent regulatory changes have made it clear that risk assessments are also required for organizations affected by HIPAA / HITECH laws, and are required for achieving Meaningful Use objectives that have been defined as part of ARRA. NetSPI has significant experience conducting risk assessments, and uses the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) in order to ensure the assessment includes considerations specific to the healthcare industry.
Healthcare Regulatory Audit.
There is a lot of uncertainly in how information security measures should be applied in healthcare organizations. NetSPI has extensive healthcare experience to guide you through the maze. That experience includes the HITRUST Common Security Framework, as well as HIPAA and HITECH requirements. We can assist your compliance management efforts by developing compliance scorecards, which will help drive efforts to areas of the organization that may not meet current regulatory requirements.
PCI Consulting and Audit.
The vast majority of healthcare firms are subject to PCI regulations. NetSPI is a QSA firm and offers a complete set of PCI pre- and post-audit services. Most of our consultants maintain a designation of QSA and have significant experience with the PCI DSS. And for companies that develop software for the healthcare industry that touches credit or debit card data, we provide expert PCI PA-DSS services.
Advances in technology and security have made it more difficult for healthcare companies to maintain the expertise necessary to conduct detailed assessments as part of internal audit efforts. NetSPI can help fill this gap by conducting audits on behalf of internal audit, and reporting the results of the assessment in a format that follows current audit and risk management best practices. Additionally, NetSPI can help internal audit work with IT and security teams in developing remediation strategies that meet audit requirements and provide significant value to the overall security posture.