Because of the sensitive nature of patient data, HIPAA requires healthcare organisations to enforce data access strictly on a need-to-know basis. If an employee doesn’t need access to certain networks or files to do their job, the organisation should deny access to those networks or files.
To restrict access to data effectively, organisations need to know the identity of everybody on the network at any one time, as well as details like the location they’re logging in from, the time activity occurs and what device they’re using to build up a profile of each employee. Login sharing, for instance, is inherently non-compliant because it makes identifying users difficult, but it’s still a practice that happens frequently because employees often place convenience over security.
UserLock and FileAudit by IS Decisions can form part of your compliance strategy by helping you mitigate against unauthorized network and file access. Ultimately, the software helps you to control system access, identify employees on the network, respond to suspicious activity quickly, and better protect patient data.
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