Azure Helps Healthcare Organizations Create Compliant Security
Through the Azure Security Center, users gain insight into their compliance posture with the added visibility and accessibility of regulatory compliance status. Azure also lets users make recommended fixes to improve compliance they might have otherwise missed.
“By choosing a security solution that is native to the Azure cloud and offloading the related deployment and maintenance work to Microsoft, customers avoided costs they would have otherwise incurred from on-premises solutions and potentially with third-party cloud solutions,” says Evan Doty, senior Azure security and management solution architect at CDW.
Azure also helps with compliance efforts by offering third-party audits and the ability to download compliance documentation.
“From a compliance standpoint, a lot of it is just the ability to operate. If you don't meet these compliance requirements, you can be heavily fined or shut down because you're dealing with people's very private information,” Doty says. “Having to meet a HIPAA requirement inside your home data center is terrible — and can be very expensive — as opposed to being HIPAA compliant in a data center where Microsoft is spending a billion-plus dollars a year on security compliance.”
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The Azure Security Center can do a cloud security posture assessment of the organization’s current environment and determine whether it meets technical HIPAA compliance based on the technology being used and whether it adequately safeguards all of the protected health information in this environment.
Azure Blueprints and Azure Policy allow organizations to create frameworks for services for internal IT users, and by users.
“As the security officer or as the infrastructure manager, I have developers who say, ‘Hey, I want to develop a required business application,’” Doty says. “By using Blueprints, I can preapprove frameworks and then load them into a software-defined data center library, and developers will know they have been approved by the CISO.”
This helps dramatically reduce the time from request to delivery of access while ensuring HIPAA and HITECH compliance requirements are met.
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