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November 2018 Blog Post

In recent conversations with enterprise customers, including healthcare and pharmaceutical leaders, there has been a reoccurring theme — data protection is complex — no matter the industry.

When discussing data protection, authentication typically is the first criteria that comes to mind.

Yes, authentication is critical to identifying "who" is accessing "what” in your organization. But protecting your privileged data through secure communications takes more than authentication.

 In order for communications to be truly secure, whether between doctors sharing patient information in a hospital, or scientists sharing a new drug formula across research organizations, every cybersecurity decision-maker must consider three points of vulnerability:

- Confidentiality of the data

When thinking through risks, confidentiality is described as “the risk effect around the unauthorized disclosure of information.” So, what happens when the wrong person gains access to privileged information? Information they aren’t supposed to see? If this question makes you uncomfortable, then you probably need to read on.

- Integrity of the data and/or interaction

When thinking through risks, integrity is described as, “the risk effect around the unauthorized modification or destruction of information.” What happens when somebody (unauthorized) modifies information or destroys information? At this point, you may be thinking about real scenarios within your own organization where data may have been put at risk. Read on.

- Availability of the data

When thinking through risks, availability is described as, “the risk effect around the disruption of access to (or use of) information. ”What happens when the participants (employees, supply chain partners, customers, networks and devices) aren’t able to access critical information? These are real vulnerabilities that need to be considered by every organization — including yours.

The risk, if any of these factors are overlooked, should be considered catastrophic.

Take the example of pharmaceutical formula manufacturer. Beyond the clinical research team, critical data needs to be protected throughout the formulation process:

  • Communications between supply chain partners providing ingredients

  • Communications with the FDA

  • Even communications between internal research and development teams

The reality is beyond the good guys who accidentally receive privileged data — the bad guys are working assiduously to slip in through the cracks, and security departments need to stay one step ahead to ward off both internal and external threats. Recognizing the existing threats, putting together a holistic security strategy, and using the right technology comprises an effective three-pronged approach to protecting your organization’s privileged data.

Strong countermeasures are necessary because the risks associated with protecting data come from both inside and outside, in both private and public sectors.

To learn more how you can protect your privileged data check out our upcoming webinar series.

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Monica Nascimento is the Vice President of Solutions Marketing at Axiad IDS. Axiad IDS provides trusted identity and access solutions allowing customers to: safely interact online; the freedom to access information from anywhere; and the confidence to fully benefit from today’s digital world.

 To consult with an Axiad IDS security expert, feel free to reach out to me at monica@axiadids.com.

 
 
 
 

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Monica Nascimento is the Vice President of Solutions Marketing at Axiad IDS. Axiad IDS provides trusted identity and access solutions allowing customers to: safely interact online; the freedom to access information from anywhere; and the confidence to fully benefit from today’s digital world.

 To consult with an Axiad IDS security expert, feel free to reach out to me at monica@axiadids.com