By Gaby Friedlander, ObserveIT CTO
Here are some sobering facts for anyone who used the U.S. healthcare system in 2013:
These numbers, provided by Experian, show that hospitals must evolve their cybersecurity to match the security standards and procedures they have developed and honed for their physical facilities. One key aspect of their physical security is 24/7 video surveillance: the ability to see who did what in their hospitals and the ability to go back in time to investigate incidents is an absolutely essential component of their security procedures. Healthcare providers need this same capability with regard to their critical IT and records systems which hold the most critical data of all — patient records. User activity monitoring is the technology that enables healthcare providers to do this.
By adopting user activity monitoring, healthcare providers can record every action of users that are accessing sensitive data, essentially providing them with cyber surveillance to match the video surveillance they have in the physical world. The captured actions are recorded and can literally be played back just like a DVD with the ability to back in time. This video recording of actions is also complimented with searchable, human readable meta-data that summarizes the user’s actions.
Cyber surveillance based on user activity monitoring is new to most organizations. Here are four things every healthcare organization should understand about user activity monitoring:
If an unauthorized person enters a healthcare facility and starts to vandalize or steal equipment, these actions would be caught and detected on video, and security officers and police would react in minutes. Now image a criminal sitting halfway around the world, hacking into your client’s patient record database. User activity monitoring-based cyber surveillance enables you to record and see every action that hacker is taking in the same video and detect it as soon as it happens.
Gabriel (Gaby) Friedlander is the co-founder and the heart of ObserveIT. He is the major force driving both the product roadmap as well as the business direction. Currently, in his position as the CTO and co-founder of ObserveIT, he focuses on sales and business development, with an emphasis on face-to-face customer activity. Ultimately, he is instrumental in ObserveIT's growth and development into the leading provider of enterprise-level user activity monitoring and auditing software for Windows, Unix and Linux platforms. Friedlander is the main presenter for all events for ObserveIT. He has presented to customers, resellers, and partners throughout the world in over 25 countries.