Digitization of Healthcare &Impacts on Multi-Cloud Security
vArmour and CMI Support Healthcare Technology
By Jeff Guenthner, CMI, & Dean Hickman-Smith, vArmour
Like many industries, healthcare is undergoing a full digitization – from actual services provided to electronic patient records. This trend is being driven by: customer expectations for digital healthcare services (75% of patients, according to McKinsey), new industry regulations (i.e. HITECH), the increasing competition in the healthcare marketplace to lower costs and the adoption of connected clinical devices – estimated to reach 59+ billion by 2020. While industry mandates (i.e. HIPAA Security) must be kept in mind, organizations need to adopt modern technologies in order to overcome these new security challenges – and avoid becoming the next Anthem or Premera. Let’s look at how vArmour DSS Distributed Security System can provide the security solution needed for today’s digital healthcare organizations.
vArmour DSS Distributed Security System provides broad and deep insight of workload-level traffic, putting customers in control to detect and remediate threats across multi-clouds. The broad nature of DSS exists because it works across multi-clouds (on-premises, or off-premises, bare metal, & hybrid models) and it is deep because it monitors and controls Layer 4-7 traffic, which is not seen by traditional perimeter security solutions. vArmour DSS captures workload traffic data and analyzes it to identify threats in real-time through a single, logical system versus managing and correlating across many different solutions to find one version of the truth. vArmour DSS is made up of a 100% API-driven fabric architecture, which fits into the scale-up cloud model of healthcare digitization, since 83% of IT executives report cloud utilization within their organization today. vArmour DSS also provides logical separation of PII vs. non-PII data via workload micro-segmentation at the hypervisor layer for compliance adherence, without the need to invest in or deploy a full blown software-defined networking (SDN) suite.
vArmour DSS fits very nicely into CMI’s Adaptable Data Center (ADC) framework when we consider security, monitoring and managing tenants. The vArmour solution is extremely agile and allows CMI to build in rock solid security solutions while transforming a client’s data center – instead of bolting on security as an afterthought. Healthcare is just one industry where we CMI and vArmour customers have found mutual solution success. CMI’s solution architects are able to listen to client’s needs, having the confidence that we can deliver on those needs leveraging our framework and security partners, like vArmour. Below is one client example:
When customers work with vArmour and CMI, they benefit from the joint efforts.
“Our number one priority is serving our patients with the best care possible, which means keeping their data safe with the most cutting-edge security solutions,” said Jon Russell, CIO at John Muir Health. “As healthcare is undergoing a massive digital transformation, with IT as the underpinning for this shift, we are forced to re-think our security architecture to protect patient information, without sacrificing speed of our service delivery.”
As mentioned previously, CMI and vArmour provide this new approach to workload-level security software, whether it is on-prem, off-prem of hybrid. Please take some time to immerse yourself on the ADC framework and contact us afterward to schedule a discussion on how vArmour and CMI can improve your security posture, starting with 12-months of free data center visibility from vArmour DSS-V.
Director of Solutions Architecture