Privileged Access Management is crucial for local authorities and the healthcare sector

Privileged Access Management is crucial for local authorities and the healthcare sector

Although ‘privileged users’ – internal and external administrators who perform maintenance on the systems – are not mentioned as such, these types of users pose the greatest risks. Just think what would happen if their passwords fell into the hands of unauthorised people with the wrong intentions.

A good Privileged Access Management (PAM) solution is increasingly being considered to properly and quickly address these risks. A solution that ensures that access to business-critical applications and systems is properly regulated.

An intuitive PAM solution consisting of Password Vault, Session Management and Session Analytics

One Identity offers a market-leading PAM solution, One Identity Safeguard. With standard use cases, we also guarantee short implementation times. With One Identity, you can make rapid progress in setting up Privileged Access Management.

Privilege Access Management (PAM) is crucial in the healthcare sector for several reasons:

  1. Protecting sensitive data:

Healthcare deals with highly sensitive information, such as medical records and personal data of patients and clients. PAM helps manage and restrict access to this data, preventing unauthorised users from accessing confidential information.

  1. Regulation and Compliance:

The healthcare industry must comply with strict regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). PAM helps organisations comply by managing access rights and reducing the risk of unauthorised access.

  1. Manage internal and external risks:

By implementing PAM, healthcare organisations can minimise the risk of internal threats, such as employee misuse of privileges. It also helps reduce external risks such as hacking and unauthorised external access, including controlled access for supply chain partners.

  1. Enhanced security:

With PAM, healthcare organisations can adopt a layered approach to security by controlling access rights, preventing privilege escalation and monitoring for suspicious activity. This strengthens the overall security of systems/data.

Privilege Access Management (PAM) has a direct relationship with NEN7510 (a Dutch standard that regulates the protection of information in the healthcare sector), as PAM plays an important role in meeting the security requirements set out in this standard. Some relevant aspects of PAM in relation to NEN7510 are:

Access management: NEN7510 requires healthcare organisations to have strict controls in place to manage access to sensitive information.

Monitoring and auditing: The standard emphasises the importance of monitoring and recording access activities.

Security measures: NEN7510 suggests security measures to protect sensitive information.

PAM plays an essential role in protecting sensitive information, ensuring regulatory compliance and minimising internal and external security risks in the healthcare sector.

PAM is also the tool within the healthcare sector to meet the specific information security and access control requirements of NEN7510. It enables healthcare organisations to better comply with the standard by providing adequate protection for sensitive data and systems.

Functioning of a PAM solution

Using a PAM solution, administrators make the request to start a session. Once approved, they have access to perform maintenance for a set period of time. Passwords are entered automatically and the entire session can be recorded and reviewed. In the event of suspicious activity, the analysis tool generates an alert so that action can be taken. For example, the session can be terminated immediately.

This prevents unauthorised access to applications and systems and unwanted actions during a maintenance session.

What is One Identity Safeguard ?

Safeguard is an intuitive PAM solution consisting of Password Vault, Session Management and Session Analytics.

Key features:

Discover: Quickly discover privileged accounts or systems on your network with host, directory and network discovery options.

Secure: Privileged accounts are stored in a hardened physical or virtual appliance, increasing security and speeding installation and ongoing management.

Record: Record all session activity – down to keystrokes, mouse movements and windows viewed.

Monitor: Traffic is monitored in real time, either by humans or machines, so that appropriate actions can be taken automatically when certain actions appear on the command line or screen.

– Audit: All activity is captured, indexed and stored in encrypted, time-stamped and cryptographically signed files for forensic and compliance purposes.

– Review: Activity can be viewed like video and searched like a database. Search for specific events across sessions and view the recording from the exact location where the event occurred.

– Analyse: Uncover previously unknown threats from inside and outside your organisation using user behaviour analysis technology.

Safeguard for privileged passwords

Safeguard for Privileged Passwords automates, controls and secures the privileged credentialing process with role-based access management and automated workflows. Safeguard for Privileged Passwords’ user-centric design reduces the learning curve. It also allows you to manage passwords from anywhere, using almost any device. The result is a solution that protects your organisation and gives your privileged users a new level of freedom and functionality.

Key features include:

  • Fast asset discovery and onboarding
  • Automated workflow engine
  • Approve passwords from anywhere
  • Full REST API
  • Free personal password vault for business users

Safeguard for Privileged Sessions

Safeguard for Privileged Sessions enables you to control, monitor and record privileged sessions of administrators, remote vendors and other high-risk users. The content of recorded sessions is indexed for easy event search and automated reporting, so you can easily meet your audit and compliance requirements. In addition, Safeguard for Privileged Sessions acts as a proxy, inspecting protocol traffic at the application level and can reject any traffic that violates the protocol, providing an effective shield against attacks.

Key features include:

  • Complete session auditing, recording and playback
  • Real-time alerting and blocking
  • Initiate workflows or deploy in transparent mode with no change to users
  • Full text search with optical character recognition

Safeguard for Privileged Analytics

Safeguard for Privileged Analytics monitors questionable behaviour and uncovers previously unknown threats from inside and outside your organisation. Using user behaviour analysis technology, Safeguard for Privileged Analytics detects anomalies and ranks them by risk so you can prioritise and take appropriate action – ultimately preventing data breaches.

Key features include:

  • Pattern-free analysis to detect unknown malicious behaviour
  • Full content analysis, including screen content, commands issued and window titles
  • Use keystroke dynamics and mouse movement analysis to identify breaches
  • Reduce alert noise by categorising alerts by risk and anomaly level

For local authorities and other decentralised government bodies, we now also offer a combination of licences and a basic implementation: InstantPAM.

This InstantPAM is set up by one of our certified partners, giving you an even faster way to get started with PAM! Contact our sales at [email protected] for more information.

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