HIPAA Compliance Management in the cloud is easier than ever across Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) environments.
For organizations that seek cloud security compliance in the cloud, adhering to regulations can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. This point was revalidated recently during one of our webinars when we polled attendees asking which compliance requirements were important to their business. Interestingly, 60 percent of respondents said HIPAA compliance was critical to them. Given this interest, we thought it timely to review why HIPAA may be important to your business and how easy it is to solve for HIPAA reporting requirements with RedLock.
HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, requires businesses to prevent unauthorized access to “Protected Health Information” or PHI. PHI includes patients’ names, addresses, and all information pertaining to the patients’ health and payment records. HIPAA Rules apply to covered entities and business associates and includes basic security measures such as password creation and use, data encryption, use of firewalls, antivirus software, digital signatures, etc.
Recently, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS issued guidance on HIPAA and cloud computing. Their instructions confirm that HIPAA rules extend to cloud service providers and their business associates, and that HIPAA covered entities or business associates may use a cloud service to store or process ePHI data. As such, organizations that use public cloud services to process and maintain HIPAA data are subject to comply with the regulation.
When people think about meeting HIPAA compliance in the cloud, they often think of a time-consuming process. It is a fact that cloud resource compliance reporting and auditing is challenging, time-consuming and expensive. In RedLock’s whitepaper “The Business Case or Cloud Threat Defense”, we estimate it initially takes organizations 480 hours to manually map controls to each compliance standard and produce the required reports. In subsequent years, it takes 240 hours for maintenance, reporting, and audit support. Needless to say, this is an exhaustive effort.
But what if there was a way to simplify your HIPAA compliance management?
For organizations that deal with protected health information (PHI) and operate in a public cloud environment, adherence to both HIPAA is a must. RedLock removes the complexity of adhering to HIPAA compliance in the cloud by:
Cloud Resource Discovery: RedLock automatically discovers cloud resources as soon as they are created, and then immediately profiles them to understand which policies to assess for HIPAA compliance.
Compliance Dashboard: Compliance and security teams can easily view, monitor and report on the HIPAA compliance status of all public cloud environments, quickly noting resources that pass and fail the HIPAA requirements.
Continuous Monitoring and Remediation: RedLock continuously monitors cloud computing resources for violations and automatically alerts the appropriate for remediation.
Audit Reporting: RedLock provides executive summaries and details on each area of HIPAA compliance. RedLock not only enables you to report on your current HIPAA compliance posture, but also maintains historical snapshots of your environment, enabling you to prove compliance for any past periods.
RedLock understands that HIPAA requirements can be overwhelming. Irregardless of your industry or applications, HIPAA compliance does not need to be an overwhelming or time consuming endeavor. Take the first step towards meeting HIPAA requirements and securing your organization by contacting RedLock for your free risk assessment.
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