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Healthcare Cloud Brings Access Control Concerns
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12/7/2011 | 9:16:38 PM
re: Healthcare Cloud Brings Access Control Concerns
We agree that the increase in mobile workers, particularly in vertical markets like healthcare, is creating more scrutiny on how to manage identity and access risk in the cloud while demonstrating compliance with regulations such as HIPAA and HITECH. Employees are using company-issued or personal mobile devices to access sensitive and confidential patient data from all kinds of entry points behind and outside of the corporate firewall. While these alternatives for accessing data are considered necessary for the productivity of todayG«÷s workforce, enterprises are becoming less confident about how to ensure that secure and appropriate access is in place as a recent survey we conducted revealed. Thirty-three percent of enterprises we surveyed did not have a policy in place that governs mobile device access to cloud applications. As organizations move mission-critical applications and data onto mobile devices and make more use of cloud-based platforms they must apply the same level of identity and access management requirements as they do for internal applications. Companies need to understand who is responsible for managing identities, how to ensure the right access is available for the right people, and what the proper mix of preventative and detective controls is to best secure both their on-premise and mobile environments.

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Lisa Henderson
Lisa Henderson,
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12/6/2011 | 1:39:06 AM
re: Healthcare Cloud Brings Access Control Concerns
I would more than agree that the phenomenon of people wanting to use their own smartphones and tablets is only going to increase. I wonder what the near future will hold in regard to that?

Lisa Henderson, InformationWeek Healthcare, contributing editor

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