Symantec introduces enterprise security manager for HIPAA.
Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC SYMC Symantec Corporation (stock symbol) ), a provider of Internet security ''This article or section is being rewritten at
Internet security is the process of protecting data and privacy of devices connected to internet from information robbery, hacking, malware infection and unwanted software. , recently announced the release of Symantec Enterprise Security Manager (ESM (1) (Enterprise Storage Management) Managing the online, nearline and offline storage within a large organization. It includes analysis of storage requirements as well as making routine copies of files and databases for backup, archiving, disaster recovery, ) for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website, Title I of HIPAA protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when of 1996 (HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191) Also known as the "Kennedy-Kassebaum Act," this U.S. law protects employees' health insurance coverage when they change or lose their jobs (Title I) and provides standards for patient health, ) 1.0. Symantec ESM for HIPAA is a policy module that seamlessly integrates into Symantec ESM (5.5 or 5.1), a feature-rich vulnerability management solution offering IT security administrators the ability to proactively reduce corporate risk by automating and centralizing their security policy compliance management and security assessments.
Based on the HIPAA security standard 142.308, Symantec ESM for HIPAA provides pre-configured HIPAA-based security policies, allowing organizations to audit their environment for HIPAA security standard compliance. The HIPAA policies are designed specifically to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data.
"Healthcare providers and organizations with access to health data must be compliant with the HIPAA security and privacy regulations," said Ronald Van Geijn, director of product management, intrusion prevention See IPS and IDS. at Symantec. "Using Symantec Enterprise Security Manager and ESM for HIPAA, these organizations can swiftly and cost effectively assess their environment for HIPAA security standard compliance."
Symantec ESM and ESM for HIPAA are backed by Symantec Security Response, which delivers knowledgeable, proactive security protection through product security policies and best practice guidelines practice guidelines Medical practice A set of recommendations for Pt management that identifies a specific or range of range of management strategies. See Peer review organization, Practice standards. Cf 'Cookbook' medicine. that can be updated and distributed through automated processes. Additionally, Symantec Security Response provides rapid reactive security protection through its incident response program, including emergency signatures, definitions and policies, and outbound communications, such as alerting services.
The primary objectives of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 were to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system, help providers access patients' health care information, standardize the way information is handled, and ensure that patient health information remains strictly confidential. The "Administrative Simplification" aspect of HIPAA requires the United States Department of Health and Human Services United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS),
n.pr a cabinet-level government organization comprising 12 agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. to develop standards and requirements for maintenance and transmission of health information that identifies individual patients. All healthcare organizations that maintain or transmit electronic health information must comply.
Symantec ESM and ESM for HIPAA are currently available through Symantec's worldwide network of value-added authorized resellers, distributors and systems integrators.
Symantec ESM and ESM for HIPAA 1.0 are key components of Symantec Enterprise Security, which provides any size organization with the technology, global response and services necessary to manage its information security. Symantec's comprehensive solution offers best-of-breed products to protect gateways, servers, and clients with firewall security, virus protection, intrusion detection See IDS and IPS. , vulnerability management and virtual private networking (VPN (Virtual Private Network) A private network that is configured within a public network (a carrier's network or the Internet) in order to take advantage of the economies of scale and management facilities of large networks. ). Customers benefit from Symantec's global network of researchers that provide customers with around-the-clock, immediate response to any new security-related attacks. Symantec Enterprise Security customers are also supported by one of the largest professional security organizations in the world, offering security consulting, security education and managed security services.