The concept of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) is becoming an increasingly growing topic of conversation as more and more companies are interconnecting everyday objects around us to the internet, such as: medical devices, appliances, voices and faces, HVAC systems, TVs, vehicles, money and health information. These devices are now enabled to record and exchange data about individuals’ behavior, habits and personal information through the Cloud.
Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise allows PC users to decide for themselves if they want their Personally Identifiable Information shared with the IoT, or not. In the healthcare industry where cybersecurity, privacy, and compliance can make or break an organization, Microsoft recognizes the importance of supporting these communities by designing our software and cloud services to be flexible, secure and to meet regulatory compliance mandates.
As a core component to Microsoft’s ecosystem, properly configuring Windows 10 for Enterprise not only assists healthcare entities with HIPAA security and privacy compliance, but also introduces numerous security capabilities to help protect sensitive environments against dynamic and increasingly complex malicious cyberattacks, viruses and malware. Windows 10 Enterprise is highly-evolved with a built-in, deep-level security architecture balanced with industry-leading compatibility to drive improved user productivity. Threat, Identity, and Information protection risks are significantly reduced by simply by using Windows 10 (you can read about some of Windows 10’s latest enhancements here).
Last year, we partnered with Microsoft and developed a third-party, detailed recommendation on how to configure Windows 10 in a manner that maintains the security of PHI in accordance to HIPAA. It is great excitement that we share the news that the latest version of the “HIPAA Compliance with Microsoft Windows 10” whitepaper including updates found in the most-recent Fall Creators Update is now available. Any of our customers pondering upgrading to Windows 10 will find assurance and value in the recommendations found in this whitepaper, and that the real-world tested configurations will serve as a complement to their security baselines.