BY CAITLIN BELL
If you work in the medical field, ensuring that you are taking all the right steps to be HIPAA compliant should be a top priority. While there is a lot that goes into the process, and corporate web security was not initially the core point of HIPAA, it plays a huge role in compliance. Some things to remember are:
First, what is the difference between HIPAA Privacy and HIPAA Security? The difference between HIPAA privacy and HIPAA Security is the Privacy Rule sets the bar for how private patient health data should be controlled. The Security Rule defines the standards which require covered entities to implement basic safeguards to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information (EPHI). Privacy depends upon security measures: no security, no privacy
The HIPAA Security Rule applies to all health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and to any healthcare provider who transmits protected Health Information in electronic form. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, those that fall under this category are known and referred to as Covered Entities.
HIPAA covers a wide range of things, and its regulations are not just technical in nature, but involve creating policies, informing patients of their rights, etc… Even the more technical regulations are general enough that how you comply with them can differ greatly. No one device can cover all of HIPAA compliance. However, WatchGuard’s corporate web security solutions can help with many of the more technical aspects of HIPAA compliance.
There are many ways to generally provide these types of security controls, but WatchGuard helps with all of them on a network level.
- Access Control – With our Next Generation Firewall you can select who or what gets to your resources.
- Integrity – Integrity is making sure unauthorized people can’t manipulate or change sensitive data. Integrity is part of a VPN connection. It doesn’t only provide encryption, but it also has safeguards to prevent anyone from manipulating the data passing over the network.
- Authentication – recognizing and verifying users. You can have people authenticate to our devices, and make policies based on their status.
- Transmission Security – We encrypt data in motion, to protect it as it goes over public networks
Making sure that you are HIPAA compliant is the law. WatchGuard’s corporate web security solutions can help ensure that you are taking all the right steps.