Privacy & Security
SailPoint offers identity security to Canadian hospitals
March 2, 2022
TORONTO – SailPoint, a leading provider of enterprise Identity Security software, has announced the expansion of its healthcare vertical to the Canadian provider market. The Austin, Texas based cybersecurity company is an analyst favourite in the Identity Governance and Administration (IGA) industry. SailPoint has a well-established install base serving many of the large US health networks. Building on that success, and through their new technology partnership with AWS Canada, SailPoint is now offering its multi-tenant SaaS solution, IdentityNow, to Canadian providers.
Through this partnership, SailPoint hopes to eliminate the burden of on-premise storage and data residency concerns that plagued early identity products. SailPoint has been making inroads in Canada in recent years, implementing their solutions across all sectors including government, finance, and higher education.
Healthcare organizations with aggressive digital transformation strategies are starting to see the value of an enterprise grade Identity and Access Management (IAM) solution to automate manual processes and improve their overall security posture.
“We are thrilled to see our identity solutions already making a positive impact on the Canadian market. Healthcare was the next logical industry to tackle and the one with the greatest need,” said Dawn Potter (pictured), sr. healthcare executive for SailPoint Canada.
“Healthcare organizations are under increasing scrutiny to prove they are doing everything they can to reduce unauthorized access to PHI and shield themselves from breaches. Identity Governance is the framework needed to do that and IAM is the tool needed to do that. Yet IGA & IAM are almost non-existent in Canadian hospitals today,” she added.
Identity Governance solutions are traditionally designed for large, distributed organizations with sophisticated needs that want to leverage automation for scale and flexibility. As Canadian healthcare systems continue to transform and consolidate, the newly formed networks are struggling to ensure clinicians have the access they need to do their jobs, without giving them too much access.
This is where Identity Governance fills a critical gap, providing a singular view of all access to critical applications across the network and giving privacy and compliance team the data to answering the questions: who has access, who should have access and how is that access being used?
The next generation Identity and Access Management (IAM) tools that employ machine learning and artificial intelligence can use that predictive intel to spot dangerous patterns and remediate toxic access.
The Canadian healthcare landscape has become a prime target for cybercriminals, with several high-profile breaches impacting hospitals and regional health authorities over the last year. The pandemic created a perfect storm for hospitals that had to onboard many remote employees and contract providers using manual processes.
“Without the infrastructure to ensure quick and appropriate access to systems, companies are dealing with an overprovisioned workforce and lack of visibility. Identity governance gives enterprises a way to answer those key questions to ensure the right person has the right access with the guardrails required to protect the organization from risk,” said Potter.
Identity security provides a layer of coordination and reporting, connecting disparate pieces of the cybersecurity stack including multi-factor authentication, single sign on and privileged access management. Most hospitals have reached a high level of maturity with their adoption and use of digital technologies, but they do a suboptimal job at governing and certifying access to that technology including EHRs, medical devices and unstructured data in transit. It’s time for healthcare organizations to invest in infrastructure now to stay ahead of the changing threat landscape.
For more information, please see: Scalable Identity Governance for Healthcare | SailPoint
A leader in identity security for the cloud, SailPoint is committed to protecting healthcare organizations from the inherent risk that comes with providing technology access across today’s diverse and remote workforce. Our identity security solutions secure and enable healthcare providers the visibility into their digital workforce and ensures each worker has the right access to do their job – no more, no less. Healthcare providers can provision access with confidence, protect organization assets at scale and ensure compliance with certainty.