Citrix, a leader in virtualization, networking and cloud infrastructure, launched Citrix ShareFile for Healthcare but had a problem. Offering the healthcare industry the means to efficiently transfer protected health information as a Software-as-a-Service application had to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA requires that all organizations who handle sensitive patient information in the United States comply with certain security and privacy standards, and Citrix needed a way to prove HIPAA compliance for its service using distributed cloud environments.
The traditional security solutions considered by Citrix weren’t flexible enough to handle distributed cloud environments. In testing they consumed excessive system and administrative resources. Citrix had requirements as a Healthcare Business Associate to get this new service on-line quickly and with the proper security controls and reporting.
CloudPassage was happy to provide immediate, demonstrable proof that automating security would not conflict with Citrix’s operating requirements, and Halo proved significant security and operational savings from the get-go. The lightweight agents were installed in mere hours, eliminating the need to deploy seven proxy servers, a console server and other components within each workload.
While Citrix’s original integrity monitoring solution had taken up to eight weeks to fully deploy, the CloudPassage solution was fully architected and deployed in only ten days. CloudPassage Halo now provides Citrix with configuration security monitoring and file integrity monitoring through one centralized interface, one agent and flexibility to cloud-burst securely when they need to.