In recent years, the healthcare industry has witnessed a remarkable wave of consolidation, with countless hospitals, clinics and healthcare providers joining forces to form larger entities. This wave of consolidation brings several benefits, such as improved coordination, economies of scale and streamlined operations. However, in the midst of this transformation, the gaps in the visibility of healthcare users and resources are emerging as a critical aspect that requires more attention. In this article, we explain how Silverfort enables healthcare organizations to quickly deploy their new environments while gaining full visibility into incoming users and resources.
The security risks posed by healthcare consolidation
As healthcare organizations adopt other healthcare services, they are consolidating newly acquired patient data, operations and IT environments. As part of this consolidation, IT teams must merge the various technologies and resources as they become increasingly interconnected. The newly integrated environment brings together different IT systems, networks and user accounts in a unified infrastructure. This can result in a complex environment where administrators struggle to fully understand all resources, applications, and users in the consolidated entity.
In the typical case of healthcare organization consolidation, the newly consolidated entity needs to understand how to combine all domains and move all resources into one unified IT infrastructure. This means understanding the type of accounts and resources you need to migrate. For example, which accounts are service accounts and what kind of applications you need to merge. In most cases, the IT team doesn’t know much about the environment or the users they host. This creates a major blind spot where organizations don’t know the details of the inbound environment and what they’re getting.
From a security perspective, the biggest challenge is the lack of full understanding of the new environment, the different resources and the users that come with them. This lack of good visibility can potentially create more security risks for their environment.
Domain consolidation protection from Silverfort
Silverfort enables healthcare organizations to easily migrate new environments and onboard resources and users to the master entity domain, enabling the newly merged environment to become operational more quickly.
In addition, by migrating all assets and users, Silverfort can enable healthcare organizations to better understand their environments, protecting not the environment you acquire, but their own to ensure they understand the risks associated with proceed with the onboarding of the new environment. By enforcing new security measures with Silverfort, organizations become more proactive against incoming cyberthreats such as lateral movement attacks.
Now let’s show you how to gain insight into all resources and users in the Silverfort console.
Add new domains to Silverfort
Choose Silverfort Nodes in the Silverfort system settings. This is where you add your node that connects Silverfort to the virtual machine you place in the new environment. This allows Silverfort to collect information about the resources, users, and insights of the new environment.
Multiple domain support
We recently added support for multiple domains. This allows organizations to use one node for all their domain environments. A single node will provide Silverfort with all the information about each environment.
Visibility and monitoring of service accounts
Silverfort automatically identifies Service Accounts in your environment. This is because service accounts, like computer accounts, have predictable behavior patterns, allowing Silverfort to automatically identify and categorize them. The Service Accounts screen displays these accounts. Silverfort categorizes all discovered service accounts into three main types: Machine to Machine (M2M) accounts, hybrid accounts, and scanners.
Once all migrated service accounts are discovered, you can monitor service account activity and associated risks. Silverfort provides real-time visibility and insight into all the details and behaviors of service accounts, and continuously monitors and monitors their usage.
By continuously monitoring all authentication and access activities of the migrated service accounts, Silverfort can assess the risk of each authentication attempt and detect suspicious behavior or anomalies.
Then the last step of consolidating environments is full visibility into user authentication activity.
Visibility of user activity and authentications
The Logs screen in the Silverfort console provides organizations with full visibility into all of their user logs and authentication activities. From the consolidation perspective, organizations in this screen will understand who all the inbound users are, what they are trying to access, and their risk score.
By clicking the research icon next to a user in the Logs screen, you can see details of the user’s logs, authentication activity, risk indicators, and more actionable insights about the user’s activity. With these details of user activity, organizations have all the information they need to fully understand each user and their authentication activity.
With full visibility into migrated resources, service accounts, and users, healthcare organizations can rest easy knowing they have a complete view of their consolidated environment.
Real-time visibility is the answer for a secure consolidated environment
Silverfort’s ability to increase visibility across all resources and users across consolidated environments helps healthcare organizations become more operational and secure within days of migrating from the newly acquired environment.
The main goal of the consolidation of environments is to simplify and optimize all their resources and users in one environment. By implementing this approach, an important addition is having full visibility into the environment. By applying continuous monitoring and risk analysis to every migrated resource, service account and user, Silverfort enables healthcare organizations to be equipped with granular insights into every authentication and access attempt while providing real-time protection for their entire consolidated environment.
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*** This is a syndicated blog from Security Bloggers Network of Blog – Silverfort, written by Zev Brodsky. Read the original post at: https://www.silverfort.com/blog/how-silverfort-helps-healthcare-providers-gain-visibility-into-thir-consolidated-environments/