Consilink Proves HIPAA Compliance while Saving up to $200,000 with Netwrix Auditor
February 2017 by Marc Jacob
Netwrix Corporation, the first vendor to introduce a visibility and governance platform for hybrid cloud security, announced today that Consilink has ensured security of protected health information (PHI) and prepared for HIPAA audits with the help of Netwrix Auditor.
Consilink is an innovative company that developed a cloud-hosted analytical platform to analyze patient data and deliver actionable insight for care coordination. This information helps hospitals and other healthcare providers identify higher risk patients and offer disease prevention services, regardless of where and why the patient is receiving care. To remain a trusted partner for healthcare organizations that fall under HIPAA compliance, and to be ready for its own audits, Consilink needed to be able to secure PHI. Therefore, the company was looking for a solution that would monitor and report on activity in its main systems: Active Directory, SQL Server, Exchange Server, Windows file servers and SharePoint.
Netwrix Auditor enabled Consilink’s IT team to monitor user activity across the environment and be ready for future audits. Specifically, Consilink gains the following benefits:
Improved PHI security. Daily reports and the Interactive Search feature help the IT team control all activity across the infrastructure, especially SharePoint, which contains the lion’s share of the business-critical data. The team can ensure that clients have access to their own information only, and that the data is not overexposed, thereby prevent PHI leaks.
Streamlined HIPAA compliance. Though Consilink does not have to pass any regular audits yet, it may face HIPAA compliance audits in the future because it works with PHI owned by healthcare entities. With Netwrix Auditor, the IT team is confident that when an auditor shows up at their doorstep, they will be able to prove compliance by retrieving all required data from Netwrix Auditor.
“Two years back we were a small start-up with little capital and could not hire 5-6 additional specialists to monitor all the activity in Active Directory, SQL Server, Exchange Server, Windows file servers and SharePoint. Now with Netwrix Auditor, daily auditing is running on its own. I hardly touch the platform, because I automatically get reports every day. I save at least $200,000 per year and also can sleep well at night. It is a dream of any IT person,” said Victor Low, Director of Infrastructure and Operations at Consilink.
“Healthcare organizations collect and store large amounts of sensitive data, including personal health information, which commands a high value on the shadow markets. The integrity of PHI can be critical to patient outcomes, so stakes are far too high to ignore the problem of security. Complete visibility into what is going on in the IT infrastructure helps healthcare organizations and their providers become more resilient to cyber threats, mitigate the risk of PHI leaks, and comply with stringent regulatory standards that evolve incessantly just like the cyber-threat landscape,” said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix.
Netwrix Auditor is a visibility and governance platform that enables control over changes, configurations and access in hybrid cloud IT environments to protect data regardless of its location. The platform provides security analytics to detect anomalies in user behavior and investigate threat patterns before a data breach occurs.