The ever-increasing number and sophistication of threats has placed unprecedented pressure on information security managers, forcing them to meet external regulatory compliance requirements or internal security mandates in order to protect their businesses. Whether you have one or several compliance initiatives to respond to, todays leading edge solutions automate the assessment of IT controls and provides a streamlined way to remediate non-compliant settings. This means that maintaining continuous compliance becomes a minor part of your daily operations — instead of separately managed projects that provide only temporary compliance and the illusion of security. Unfortunately, many organizations achieve compliance through last-minute heroics to generate proof of controls for auditors. This moment-in-time approach to compliance increases the workload and costs, yet provides little protection from IT security threats.
Firewall management remains an organization’s primary network defense. It commands more time from network security managers than virtually any other activity and it is easy to get it wrong, particularly by IT administrators doing double duty as their organizations' IT security staff. Configuration is a moving target. Organizations are constantly in motion, and implementing a corporate security policy is not a one-shot deal. Every day, configuration changes are made in response to user requests for networsk access, security threats and changes to the network structure. Monitoring, tracking and analyzing these configuration changes is probably one of the biggest challenges facing security administrators today. Whether it is continuous real-time tracking, full accountability, monitoring and updating with change browsers, real-time alerts and tracking changes to the Firewall OS, today’s offerings provide the solutions.
A change management plan should:
Change management requires more than a set of software tools. Change Management is a process that enforces discipline on the network and requires agreement from everyone with access to the firewall configuration. Network client’s behavior will eventually be undermined without clear auditing, enforcement, and a communication policy and priorities.
HITECH 42 CFR § 495.6(d)(15)(i) based solution provides compliance an easy to use interface for Compliance Officers, CSO’s, Privacy Analysts, Auditors, and others, which includes graphical dashboards for tracking privacy monitoring events, with forensic data. Complete governance and compliance effectiveness provides reporting for "Audit Controls and Systems Activity Review" at both executive and operational levels, which are necessary, consolidated and easily available for the executive team or hospital board. Audit logs are analyzed for suspicious patterns, false positives are filtered out using advanced data, suspicious activity is detected, incidents are investigated by privacy staff, while investigation progress is documented and trends are tracked for effectiveness of the privacy program.