Idaho State University selects EventTracker for automating HIPAA compliance and securing confidential student information

Columbia, MD – Prism Microsystems, a pioneer in log management and developer of the EventTracker solution that enables ‘logging in depth’, announced today that Idaho State University (ISU), a leading institute with nationally recognized courses in business, pharmacy and other health professions, has selected EventTracker to secure its networks and ensure compliance with HIPAA requirements.

Educational institutions face unique security challenges due to their open networks, essential for facilitating a collaborative exchange of information and ideas. Since easy access has to be provided to students and staff, university networks can become a breeding ground for hackers and other malicious activities. Students also frequently engage in activities such as instant messaging, file sharing, etc. that have the potential of attracting additional threat into the network.

“Log Management is fast emerging as an imperative for educational institutions in pinpointing security vulnerabilities and automating compliance procedures” says Steve Lafferty, VP of Marketing, Prism Microsystems Inc. “It can significantly reduce the administrative burdens faced by the typically small security staffs in Universities by addressing their unique security challenges.”

ISU is committed to protecting sensitive student information that resides on its servers and providing users with continuous access to a secure network. In addition, the presence of an in-house medical clinic tasks the university with compliance with the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 that requires healthcare organizations to implement ‘reasonable and appropriate’ procedures for securing patient health information.

“We decided to invest in a log management solution because we were frequently buried in manually reviewing thousands of security logs in order to maintain a HIPAA compliant environment and ensure that security concerns were addressed” says Troy Wortley, IT systems programmer, ISU. “We chose EventTracker because it not only covered our requirements of multiple-device support, real-time analysis and role-based access, but also came with modest hardware requirements and an intuitive, easy to learn user interface.”

We welcome the addition of such a well-respected university to our growing family of customers. Educational institutions are often at the forefront of utilizing technology to ensure the integrity and availability of information, and we are pleased to be able to help support and protect these academic institutions” adds Lafferty.

About Idaho State University

Idaho State University is a state institution at Pocatello, a metropolitan area of about 55,000 nestled in the mountains of southeastern Idaho. ISU’s top-flight academic programs include nationally recognized courses of study in business, pharmacy and the health professions, teacher education, engineering, arts and sciences, and applied technology training. ISU provides undergraduate and graduate educational services not only in Pocatello but also at ISU centers in Idaho Falls, Twin Falls and Boise, and to outlying communities via state-of-the-art compressed and IP audio/video video technology.

About Prism Microsystems

Prism Microsystems, Inc. was formed in 1999 and is a privately held corporation with headquarters in the Baltimore-Washington high tech corridor. The company delivers business-critical solutions to consolidate, correlate and detect changes that could impact the performance, availability and security of a company’s IT infrastructure.

Prism’s enterprise event management solution, EventTracker, is designed to enhance the security of critical systems, maintain confident compliance, and improve overall performance and availability. EventTracker is engineered for ease of use and flexibility and has over 600 customers in 50 countries across multiple sectors.

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