TDi Technologies and GE Healthcare Team to Address Insider Threat

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Privileged Insiders can access, alter or destroy sensitive data. They can compromise privacy. They can cause improper care, missed diagnosis, incorrect dispensation or failure of critical services. Now GE Healthcare is meeting this threat with IT Foundation Management from TDi Technologies.

As a group, we feel we are on a mission to inform all of our customers of the Insider Threat

TDi Technologies, the leader in IT Foundation Management, today announced GE Healthcare has partnered with TDi Technologies to deliver the most comprehensive healthcare solution available for defending against the Insider Threat.

The Insider Threat is a security and compliance concern of critical importance to Healthcare providers. While meeting HIPAA compliance is a significant part of the problem that GE Healthcare and TDi Technologies address, the greater implications are security vulnerabilities that can compromise entire databases, and introduce intentional (and unintentional) errors or malicious code into the IT Infrastructure with impacts ranging from costly to catastrophic.

“As a group, we feel we are on a mission to inform all the customers we can that there is potential danger from the Insider Threat that could bring them to their knees,” stated Brian Mitchell, General Manager, Hospital & Physician Practice and Technology Sales, GE Healthcare.

The essence of the vulnerability is the service interfaces in computer hardware, often termed “baseboard management controllers” that provide master-level authority over hardware devices, their individual components, and the software that runs on them. Through service interfaces systems administrators, contractors and operators can control IT Infrastructure assets including changing BIOS and operating systems, copying data, opening IP ports, installing software, configuring hardware and much more.

Keith Martino, President of global consultancy CMI puts a “Face on the Insider Threat” in his recent whitepaper where he states, “Many of the individuals who have launched these devastating attacks have advanced technical skills. The rapid rise of an organization’s dependency on its information systems has paved the way for increased vulnerability. Stressful days and sleepless nights in many IT departments have taxed some beyond their limits.”

The adoption of IT Foundation Management is a clear example of GE Healthcare’s commitment to safely and reliably managing the healthcare experience. A recognized technology leader in the Healthcare industry, GE Healthcare chose IT Foundation Management from TDi Technologies to help them defend against the Insider Threat and extend their ability to meet the compliance needs of their healthcare customers.

IT Foundation Management from TDi Technologies secures these privileged interfaces with encrypted, persistent connections implementing systems-managed role-based access and control. Role-based access and control is a standard part of security practices, yet until now that control has not been available for privileged service interfaces.

“Securing privileged interfaces provides a number of critical benefits to defending against the Insider Threat and meeting compliance regulations,” stated Bill Johnson, CEO of TDi Technologies and noted SANS Institute Thought Leader. “Privileged interfaces are ‘live’ any time there is power to the chassis. With IT Foundation Management we retain security even when devices are offline for service or configuration - conditions when devices cannot be monitored or secured by conventional means. In addition, we log every command and control taken over them down to the keystroke. In this way we create a definitive record of exactly what did or did not happen under every circumstance.”

To learn more about IT Foundation Management for Healthcare visit us on the web at http://www.tditechnologies.com/healthcare-foundation.

About TDi Technologies
TDi Technologies is the leader in IT Foundation Management and a provider of infrastructure management solutions for mission-critical systems including virtual technologies and cloud computing. The company’s patented IT Foundation Management solutions are characterized by agent-less, zero-footprint, non-intrusive, active monitoring and remediation from a single window. TDi Technologies serves a global customer base of blue-chip clients who rely on our products every day, including their most mission-critical, fault intolerant systems and applications. TDi Technologies’ clients use IT Foundation Management to reduce costs, improve service, defend against the Insider Threat, and meet compliance regulations. Visit us on the web at http://www.tditechnologies.com.

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