shift-security-implementation-healthcare-facility-1395 term projct.pdf

Shift-security-implementation-healthcare-facility-1395 term projct.pdf

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Interested in learning more about security? SANS Institute InfoSec Reading Room This paper is from the SANS Institute Reading Room site. Reposting is not permitted without express written permission. The Shift to Security Implementation in a HealthCare facility There are a number of challenges presented to healthcare facilities as they begin the shift to implementing Information Security. One of these is that they have often been among the first to adopt new technologies. With new technologies there are always unknown issues that present themselves over time. If not addressed, these can often result in nullifying any advantage gained from early adoption. One such liability with Information Technology is a sometimes-inherent insecurity. As an early adopter of new information t... Copyright SANS Institute Author Retains Full Rights AD
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© SANS Institute 2004, Author retains full rights. Key fingerprint = AF19 FA27 2F94 998D FDB5 DE3D F8B5 06E4 A169 4E46 © SANS Institute 2004, As part of the Information Security Reading Room Author retains full rights. The Shift to Security Implementation in a HealthCare facility GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) Practical Assignment (V1.4b) Option 1 Sean E. Mulch March 15, 2004 Introduction The healthcare industry has always been an early adopter of new technologies. The emergence of Information Technologies in recent decades has provided the industry with new tools to provide better patient care. Since quality of care has always been the technology driver in the healthcare industry, Information Security has often been given little, if any, consideration. Recent government mandates have made security a stated priority in the healthcare industry. However, the unique environment of a healthcare facility can pose very real challenges to implementing Information Security. Many healthcare facilities now find themselves in an almost paradoxical predicament: inherently insecure and complex systems are required to be supported to maintain quality of healthcare, while security by mandate must be implemented and insured. As of the writing of this paper, many facilities have likely begun addressing specific security issues. However, these are often being done in a project-oriented fashion with a defined goal of achieving current compliance with regulations. This paper addresses methods that can be used to approach and address security in a dynamic fashion specifically tailored to the needs of larger healthcare facilities, recognizing security as a discipline rather than a destination. It has been written with the approach of both guiding initial implementation and providing a resource for periodic re-evaluation of current implementations. The Challenges There are a number of challenges presented to healthcare facilities as they begin the shift to implementing Information Security.
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