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Webinar: Securing Your Third-Party Ecosystem

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Third parties (both vendors and business partners) with access to an organization’s Protected Health Information (PHI) and/or Personally Identifiable Information (PII) can put your organization at risk of a data breach. Until recently, Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM) has been primarily treated as a compliance and contract approval “checkpoint,” something to check off the to do list of your procurement process with some level of diligence. But with more frequent and complicated cyberattacks, organizations need to implement effective TPRM programs that truly identify, manage and mitigate security risks.

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A COPY OF THE WEBINAR RECORDING, PLEASE CONTACT PHAYDUK@INTRAPRISEHEALTH.COM.

Join Intraprise Health & Westchester Medical Center on November 14 @ 1pm EST as we discuss how to structure a robust, best-practices driven security program that delivers a high degree of Validation and Assurance.

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Third-Party Risk Management: Keeping Your Healthcare Organization’s Information Safe

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Read the latest article by Intraprise Health’s CEO, Sean Friel in Security Magazine.

“As the person in charge of your healthcare organization’s information technology, one of your responsibilities is protecting patients’ and clients’ information. This can be difficult because third-party vendors with whom you contract can unwittingly jeopardize the security of that information. But you can take steps today to help prevent those problems tomorrow.

Data breaches are increasingly on the minds of every C-suite executive in healthcare. Reading about security breaches can make the mightiest execs groan at the possibility something like that could happen to their healthcare organization.”

Read more here.

What You Need to Know About Split Tunneling

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Today’s modern networks require flexibility to allow workers to work from multiple locations.  One of the most common methods to achieve remote network access is a Virtual Private Network (VPN).  VPN’s can come in all shapes and sizes, from hosted to on-premises, to in the cloud, and can be built to fit all needs.  However, one topic that is often overlooked is whether or not to allow VPN users to utilize split tunneling. Webopedia defines split tunneling as “The process of allowing a remote VPN user to access a public network, most commonly the Internet, at the same time that the user is allowed to access resources on the VPN.” The idea is a user has a tunnel to the corporate network to access any apps or shared drives through the VPN connection while still utilizing the local internet connection of the remote user for access to the web or local resources.
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Intraprise Health Appointed to 2 Seats on HITRUST CSF Assessor Council

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Council Members Provide Expertise on Various Security and Privacy Programs of Interest to Healthcare Industry

Intraprise Health is pleased to announce that Ryan Patrick and Melissa Hawkins have been appointed to the HITRUST CSF Assessor Council. In its second year, the HITRUST CSF Assessor Council includes members representing a broad range of experience in information security and privacy. Appointees work closely with HITRUST to ensure and evolve HITRUST’s integrity, effectiveness and efficiency. Read More

Intraprise Health Launches Software Service to Battle Security Breaches in Healthcare Organizations

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BluePrint Protect™ Security Risk Management Software Manages and Automates Security

YARDLEY, Pennsylvania, August 13, 2019 – Utilizing more than a decade of expertise in security and technology for healthcare clients, Intraprise Health has created BluePrint Protect™ Security Risk Management Software.  BluePrint Protect™ was created to help organizations efficiently manage and automate their security program, starting with one of the most pressing needs for any organization, Third-Party (Security) Risk Management, or TPRM. Read More

Intraprise Health Featured in CISO Magazine — Read the article!

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“Taking control of third-party risk in healthcare”

Data breaches are on the minds of every C-suite executive in healthcare. Third parties (i.e., vendors) with access to organizations’ protected health information (PHI) and/or personally identifiable information (PII) represent a significant risk for data breaches to the organization.

The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) defines TPRM as “The process of analyzing and controlling risks presented to your company, your data, your operations and your finances by parties OTHER than your own company.”

Data breaches in healthcare organizations continue to make the front page and the struggles of organizations to get a handle on their third-party risk are well documented. A study conducted by the Ponemon Institute notes, “Despite the number of publicized data breaches throughout the U.S., there continues to be a significant lack of confidence and understanding within companies as to whether their security posture is sufficient to respond to a data breach or cyberattack … Companies also need to do more than depend on business associate agreements to ensure that consumer information is being protected. Business should perform audits and assessments with vendors.”

Most organizations are aware of the information security risk posed by third parties. They also admit their current vetting process is ineffective or non-existent.

Why don’t organizations focus more on TPRM?

Building and maintaining a solid TPRM program can be difficult, time consuming and resource-intensive, especially when starting from scratch. Executives admit to several barriers:

  • Some organizations don’t have a complete and accurate list of vendors that have access to sensitive organizational data.
  • The prospect of starting a new program or beefing up an existing one without subject matter expertise can be daunting.
  • It takes money and people – something that is often in short supply and competing with other priorities.
  • There is an assumption that the third party is responsible and is protecting sensitive data.
  • Third-party risk is seen as something outside the four walls, so it doesn’t get the priority it deserves.
  • There is a lack of perceived value versus the expertise, time and effort required to build and maintain a program.

These reasons, while valid, do not absolve an organization of its responsibility to protect the PHI/PII with which it is entrusted.

Thanks to the HITECH regulation and associated Meaningful Use program, as well as related technology advances over the last 15 years, healthcare is becoming less insular and increasingly interoperable. The dependency on third parties by covered entities to adhere to the regulation and deliver the best coordinated care possible is inextricable, increasing the technical integration requirements, which raises the risk profile greatly.

However, making risk-based decisions on whether to engage a third party require reliable, consistent information related to a third party’s policies, procedures, practices and overall information security risk profile; this is essential for risk mitigation for a healthcare organization.

How can you raise TPRM’s profile in your organization?

To overcome the many perceived barriers to getting started with an effective program, you need a champion. The chief information security officer (CISO) or equivalent leader needs to get the buy-in of the C-suite executives, and together they must evangelize the importance of TPRM for the entire organization, not just the IT department.

Knowing about the risk posed by third parties and appreciating the need to assess and remedy those risks will improve the program’s success rate greatly. These are messages everyone in the organization — from the leadership on down — needs to hear and understand implicitly.

Your organization’s Compliance department needs to be actively engaged; they’re often terrific champions in managing third-party risk. Once a program is implemented, Compliance staff often has ultimate responsibility for enforcing the organization’s adherence.

Any organizational channel that introduces third parties and the associated exposure of PHI/PII needs to be an integral part of a complete TPRM program that includes assessments and monitoring. These channels include department heads (where the vendor relationship often originates) and procurement, legal, contracting and IT/IT security departments, to name a few.

A strong TPRM program is vital to the health of your organization. Understanding the requirements for TPRM and how to create buy-in throughout your organization is critical to creating a strong security posture. Don’t wait until one of your third parties is compromised to begin implementing your own TPRM program.

By Brian Parks, Senior Vice President, Security Services, Intraprise Health

https://www.cisomag.com/taking-control-of-third-party-risk-in-healthcare/