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(HIMSS18, Booth 10750) – Venafi®, the leading provider of machine identity protection, today announced the results of a study of how health care organizations manage and implement Secure Shell (SSH). Over one hundred IT security professionals from the health care industry participated in the study, which reveals a widespread lack of SSH security controls.
According to Venafi’s research, even though SSH keys provide the highest levels of administrative access, they are routinely untracked, unmanaged and poorly secured. For example, only eight percent of respondents admit they have a complete and accurate inventory of all their SSH keys. If health care organizations do not know where SSH assets are or how they are managed, they cannot determine if keys have been stolen, misused or should even be trusted.
“It’s absolutely imperative that health care organizations secure their machine identities,” said Nick Hunter, senior digital trust researcher for Venafi. “The health care industry faces intense threats from cybercriminals and must comply with rigorous regulatory standards. Unfortunately, this survey indicates that health care organizations are not securing all systems and applications that protect patient data. SSH keys provide elevated privileged access that must be protected with the same governance controls that are applied to administrator accounts and passwords.”
Key findings of the study include:
The study was conducted by Dimensional Research in November 2017. It analyzed responses from 102 IT and security professionals in the health care sector. Respondents have in-depth knowledge of SSH and are located in the U.S., U.K. and Germany.
Venafi is the cybersecurity market leader in machine identity protection, securing connections and communications between machines. Venafi protects machine identity types by orchestrating cryptographic keys and digital certificates for SSL/TLS, IoT, mobile and SSH. Venafi provides global visibility of machine identities and the risks associated with them for the extended enterprise — on premises, mobile, virtual, cloud and IoT — at machine speed and scale. Venafi puts this intelligence into action with automated remediation that reduces the security and availability risks connected with weak or compromised machine identities while safeguarding the flow of information to trusted machines and preventing communication with machines that are not trusted.
With over 30 patents, Venafi delivers innovative solutions for the world's most demanding, security-conscious Global 5000 organizations, including the top five U.S. health insurers, the top five U.S. airlines, four of the top five U.S., U.K. and South African banks, and four of the top five U.S. retailers. For more information, visit: http://venafi.com.
Shelley Boose, 408-398-6987