HIPAA Vulnerability Scanning & Compliance

Scan your web applications with the Netsparker web application security solution find and fix vulnerabilities, thus ensuring patient data is secure and your web applications are HIPAA compliant.

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Malicious hackers love healthcare organizations. Their web applications hold a wealth of sensitive and confidential patient data: social security numbers, cardholder data, relationship details and health information. Hackers make money by selling such data, making healthcare organizations' web applications a hacker’s prime target.

As a result, healthcare entities need to protect their patients’ healthcare records (ePHI) by ensuring that their websites, web services and web APIs do not contain any security vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit, which might result in a data breach. To help these organizations, the US congress enacted the HIPAA security standards. Healthcare organizations can use the Netsparker web application security scanner to conduct HIPAA vulnerability scanning and:

  • Be confident that their web applications are secure
  • Protect their patients’ health information and personal data
  • Increase their efforts toward Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance

The Need for Automated Vulnerability Assessments

In order to improve patient care, healthcare organizations make their sensitive patient data available via web applications. However, convenience and accessibility comes at the cost of building very large and complex web applications. More often than not, these web applications are susceptible to malicious hacker attacks which could result in a breach of the Electronic protected health information (ePHI).

Therefore healthcare organizations must do a risk analysis and maintain the security of these complex web applications. Security teams need to use the right security tools to automate penetration testing and achieve HIPAA compliance. Without automation, it's impossible to keep such applications secure and meet the HIPAA compliance requirements without slowing down the development progress.

Using Netsparker, healthcare organizations can easily integrate automated security vulnerability scanning, which is a HIPAA security rule, from the early stages of development. They benefit from being able to:

  • Identify security vulnerabilities such as SQL Injection and Cross-site Scripting (XSS) during the early stages of SDLC and DevOps
  • Save time and money by addressing security vulnerabilities at an early stage
  • Ensure their web applications have no vulnerabilities by the time they reach the live environment
  • Build secure web applications that can securely store electronic protected health information (ePHI) and other patient data
  • Build secure web applications without slowing down the development of new features and improvements

Penetration Testing for HIPAA Compliance

The HIPAA security compliance regulation requires healthcare organizations to do frequent risk analysis and penetration testing, to ensure their web applications do not have any vulnerabilities that might leave their patients’ health information records exposed. In fact every organization should develop its own policies and procedures, in which they should include HIPAA vulnerability scanning with the Netsparker web application security scanner so they can:

  • Automatically scan any type of web application, web service and web API, including modern and custom-built HTML5, Web 2.0 Applications and Single Page Applications (SPA)
  • Scan web applications for zero-day and thousands of different vulnerability variants including SQL Injection, Cross-site Scripting (XSS) and File Inclusions
  • Identify advanced vulnerabilities such as Server Side Request Forgery (SSRF) and Second Order vulnerabilities, which even the most seasoned penetration testers cannot identify manually
  • Get all the technical information they need to learn about vulnerabilities, their impact and remedial guidelines
  • Generate PCI DSS and HIPAA security compliance reports to work towards meeting the compliance requirements

Scaling Up Compliance Vulnerability Scans

With traditional black box web vulnerability scanners, security teams and penetration testers have to manually verify the software’s findings, since automated tools are known to report false positives. This process requires a lot of expertise and introduces the potential for human error to be introduced. Also it takes days, sometimes weeks, to manually verify the findings of a security scan, making web application security practically unaffordable for many busine

The advantage of using the Netsparker web vulnerability scanner is that users do not have to conduct manual verification of detected security vulnerabilities. Netsparker has pioneered the exclusive Proof-Based Scanning™ technology that automatically verifies identified vulnerabilities with a proof of exploit. If a vulnerability is exploitable, it is definitely not a false positive.

This high level of automation with built-in proof during penetration testing allows businesses to scale up their efforts and scan all their web applications, web services and web APIs – without requiring an army of people and the budget of a football club.

Netsparker – Your Complete Compliance & Web Security Solution

The Netsparker web application security solution is your one-stop web security solution that enables you to build secure HIPAA compliant web applications with protected health information. In addition to world-class and fully customisable crawling capabilities, and advanced vulnerability scanning technology, Netsparker has a suite of tools that help businesses automate their penetration testing and identification, triaging, and remediation of security vulnerabilities. Netsparker has:

  • Multi-user support, so that everyone from QA engineers and product management to security executives can be involved in the process of securing web applications
  • Out-of-the-box support for continuous integration and issue tracking systems such as Github, JIRA and Bamboo
  • Email and SMS notification system to automatically notify developers and managers when critical security flaws are identified on their web applications, so they can react and fix issues before they are exploited
  • A RESTful API which can be used to automatically trigger vulnerability scans on new code commits, allowing for the identification of vulnerabilities during the early stages of the SDLC
  • Heuristic technology that can automatically identify and handle URL rewrites, anti CSRF tokens and custom 404 pages, automating most of the prescan processes
  • Exclusive Proof-Based Scanning™ technology that automatically verifies identified vulnerabilities, confirming they are real and not false positives
  • A reporting system with technical reports for developers, and trending and executive reports that allow managers to quickly get an overview of the security posture of the entire setup and work towards HIPAA compliance

Use Netsparker to automatically identify vulnerabilities in your web applications before hackers do and adhere to the HIPAA requirements, so that your patients can rest easy. Netsparker is available as an on-premises, managed and self-managed solution. Apply for a trial today!

What our customers are saying

"I had the opportunity to compare external expertise reports with Netsparker ones. Netsparker was better, finding more breaches. It’s a very good product for me."
"As opposed to other web application scanners, Netsparker is very easy to use. An out of the box installation can detect more vulnerabilities than any other scanner."
"We chose Netsparker because it is more tailored to web application security and has features that allow the university to augment its web application security needs."