HIPAA Security Standard §164.306 outlines the standards and general rules used to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all electronic protected health information that the covered entity or business associate creates, receives, maintains, or transmits. Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) help protect systems at the network level by monitoring packet flow and aborting any detected anomalous network activity.

  • Protects systems from unauthorized access
  • Network level protection
  • Preserves network availability
  • Dynamically updated signature database

HIPAA Vault’ IDS and IPS is deployed at a network level in order to thwart potential network attacks before they are used to exhaust resources and make systems inaccessible. As part of the multi-layer security procedures in place, IDS and IPS are a valuable asset when it comes to preserving network security and availability.

As part of the OSI Layer 3 (network layer), IDS and IPS use a dynamically updated signature database to verify legitimate network traffic and block any detected network activity abnormalities. Packet flows are reviewed against the database to ensure that legitimate packet requests are granted access while malformed requests are rejected and aborted from using system resources.

IDS and IPS are deployed as one of the Managed Firewalls included in every HIPAA Vault HIPAA compliant hosting service. By using a multi-layer approach to the Managed Firewall solution that HIPAA Vault provides, customers are protected from a wider array of vulnerabilities and attacks. IDS and IPS are vital parts of the multi-layer approach that applying network level protection to the servers and thwarting attacks before resources are utilized for anomalous traffic.

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