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Protecting Sensitive Health Data Against Rising Security Risks


Today’s technology disruptors (the Internet of Things, big data, an ever-increasing amount of mobile devices, etc.) are changing the way healthcare providers deliver quality, affordable services to their patients. But while they are evolving the landscape of patient care, they are also creating cybersecurity challenges that many in the industry are not equipped to deal with. Healthcare is the industry most frequently targeted by cyber attackers, with 164 threats detected per 1,000 host devices. Healthcare small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are especially at a disadvantage because they lack the time and budget to keep up with sophisticated cyber attackers.


One way businesses can counteract advanced cyberattacks is to make advancements in their IT. Many are embracing cloud services for reduced costs and increased agility, but is it safe? A recent survey found that more IT professionals than ever feel the cloud is safe. The healthcare industry is leading cloud adoption, with 96 percent of organizations currently using cloud services and 67 percent planning to increase their investments in the coming year.


Source: McAfee 2017

Yet utilizing the cloud this way comes with certain risks. 52 percent reported tracking malware directly to a SaaS cloud application. This presents healthcare providers with a problem. On-premises IT gives healthcare providers increased security, lower app latency, and helps ensure HIPAA compliance, but lacks the flexibility cloud can grant. In order to capitalize on the flexibility of off-premises IT, businesses must find ways to leverage cloud capabilities while protecting sensitive health data. The solution is Hybrid IT.


Businesses require a Hybrid IT environment that is software-defined, flexible, and scalable—whether applications and data reside in the datacenter, private and public clouds, or network edge—with the flexibility to operate seamlessly across these environments. Combining cloud services with on-premises infrastructure will enhance data security and keep costs down, while allowing for faster and higher quality patient care.

HPE is dedicated to providing the best security possible with the HPE Secure Compute Lifecycle. Part of this lifecycle is HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers, where security is built right into the silicon, making them the world’s most secure industry standard servers. ProLiant Gen10 servers are built for Hybrid IT so businesses can boost performance and accelerate insights by modernizing their infrastructure. Healthcare providers who invest in ProLiant Gen10 servers stand to gain the following security measures:

  • HPE Scalable Persistent Memory is an integrated storage solution that includes a DRAM layer to accelerate applications, a dedicated flash tier for persistency, and backup power to facilitate moving data from DRAM to Flash. With Scalable Persistent Memory, businesses gain up to 27 times faster checkpoint operations and a 20 times database restart time reduction. Healthcare providers can use this faster access to data to provide better, faster patient care.
  • ProLiant Gen10 servers provide the ultimate protection against firmware attacks with the Silicon Root of Trust, a unique link between the custom HPE silicon and the HPE Integrated Lights Out (iLO) firmware that ensures servers do not execute compromised firmware code. Essentially, the Silicon Root of Trust designs security directly into the iLO chip, creating an immutable fingerprint in the silicon, preventing servers from booting up unless the firmware matches the fingerprint.
  • ProLiant Gen10 servers use Intel Xeon Scalable processors, which also have security built right into the silicon to provide end-to-end data protection.

With all these security features, HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers provide businesses with the best security at an affordable price.

To learn more about how HPE ProLiant Gen10 solutions can provide end-to-end security to safeguard sensitive patient data in your health services SMB, please follow us on Twitter at @HPE_SMB.


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George Hope is Vice President, Worldwide Small and Medium Business. He brings to HPE over 20 years of technology experience, joining HPE as part of the SimpliVity acquisition, where he was VP, Global Channels. He was named one of the 50 most influential channel chiefs by CRN in 2015 and 2016. Prior to SimpliVity, George spent 17 years at EMC. He was Sr. Director of Global Channels for EMC’s Isilon Division, where he tripled the partner business in 3 years. George also led the US Field Channel team for all product lines from EMC, and has held other Sales, Sales Strategy and Channel Management positions. George holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


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