Cloud solution for US healthcare compliance launches
A new service has launched to help US healthcare organisations achieve digital transformation by providing solutions to meet compliance regulations and remain secure as they move operations to the cloud.
FNTS, a multi-cloud and managed IT services provider, is releasing the FNTS Healthcare Cloud to help organisations achieve HIPAA compliance to support their mission-critical systems and software in the cloud, while also protecting data and mitigating risks.
In a press release, FNTS said the service is being launched at a time in which the healthcare sector is facing increasing risks to security and compliance "due to an evolving threat landscape."
In 2019, the healthcare industry accounted for 4 out of every 5 data breaches. At the start of this year it was estimated that in 2020 data breaches will cost the sector $4 billion, however the unprecedented growth of digital healthcare technologies due to Covid-19 may result in an even higher figure.
The FNTS cloud service aims to help organisations adhere to regulatory standards like data protection act GDPR. It also provides medical solutions to help meet accountability standards like HIPAA and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH).
There are four different managed service packages available with various levels of security and compliance for healthcare providers to migrate their workloads to public or private cloud environments.
FNTS, a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska, was founded over 25 years ago to support organisations in the finance and healthcare industries with compliance solutions.
FNTS President Kim Whittaker said of their new service: “Not only can downtime and regulatory fines be costly, but the damage caused to an organisation’s brand can be insurmountable. We know from the deep relationships we have with our clients and the decades of experience serving highly regulated and compliance-driven industries that they not only need a tailored cloud solution to serve them, they also need a strategic co-innovation partner who will guide them through the process and work with their internal team on digital transformation efforts.”
The company's Chief Information Security Officer Robert LaMagna-Reiter added: “Our dedicated experts understand the complex systems and applications that are mission-critical in serving customers in these industries. We become an extension of an organization’s team to provide a high level of ongoing personalized support that empowers teams to focus on strategic initiatives instead of day-to-day IT tasks."
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”