Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health Detects System Threats and Policy Violations 25% Faster with Fewer Analysts
 
Oracle 1-800-633-0738
Find an Oracle Specialized Partner
Oracle Customer Programs
 
 

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health Detects System Threats and Policy Violations 25% Faster with Fewer Analysts

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health (MOH) is a major government organization in Saudi Arabia. In 1925, the country established its first public health department in the town of Makkah. The department built hospitals and healthcare centers across the country and issued and enforced regulations to guarantee adequate standards for practicing medicine and pharmacology. The government also created a public health council to address the growing need for healthcare services—including care for a steadily growing number of Hajj pilgrims who visit Makkah throughout the year. This council was the highest-level supervisory board, overseeing all aspects of the country’s healthcare, including hospitals and healthcare centers nationwide.
 
Eventually, the country’s population growth required a large-scale, specialized, government organization to manage Saudi Arabia’s health affairs. Established in 1951, the Ministry of Health (MOH) is committed to providing citizens with world-class healthcare services by developing appropriate legislation. The organization regulates the government and private healthcare sectors, monitors healthcare institutions’ performance, and conducts research and academic training in the field of healthcare investments.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health

  • “Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall enabled us to use audit data to substantially simplify the detection, analysis, and to audit threats to our information systems. Our new strategic data warehousing and security solution helps ensure that our data is safe, easily auditable, and complies with all regulations. Thanks to Oracle partner egabi Solutions, we deployed the solution within two months.” – Syed Haamid Zaffar, Oracle Database Administrator, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health

  • Establish comprehensive database security with centralized configuration, unified interface, and simplified deployment across database platforms to ensure confidentiality of medical and patient data
  • Monitor access to sensitive data regarding global bidding, medical licenses, medical supplies, human resources, financials, and more by employees, suppliers, ministries, and other government agencies to prevent threats to MOH’s IT systems
  • Provide detailed information about every user who accesses MOH’s databases, including requests for applications or IP addresses, and report these details on demand to facilitate efficient audit detection
  • Reduce the cost of ensuring information security and protecting MOH’s multifaceted IT infrastructure against insider threats

Solutions

  • Deployed Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall to automate audit-data collection and consolidation from a single console, detecting threats and policy violations 25% faster than before
  • Monitored access to sensitive medical, patient, and financial data with out-of-the-box and customized reports that MOH can easily schedule, notify, and archive
  • Automated the detection of unauthorized activities that violate security and governance policies, enabling the ministry to reassign half of the data analysis team to other tasks
  • Enabled MOH’s auditors to track all database logs and privileged user changes with up-to-date snapshots of Oracle Database users, privileges, and profiles
  • Enabled 50% faster follow-up on information-update requests made by citizens; employees; regulators; and other professional users, such as medical suppliers and recruitment agencies
  • Centralized MOH’s audit data previously scattered across 32 database instances onto Oracle Exadata Database Machine, reducing cost and complexity of data management and regulatory compliance as well as the risks of internal and external threats
  • Reduced time to deploy new applications by managing security features centrally with Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall from a single console
  • Reduced complexity and costs of complying with MOH’s data privacy and protection mandates as well as regulatory requirements, such Sarbanes-Oxley, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and payment card industry data security standards
  • Mitigated data security threats by making it virtually impossible for perpetrators of such activities to cover their tracks

Why Oracle

“Oracle Exadata Database Machine combined with Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall’s advanced features for database activity monitoring, auditing, and reporting have enabled MOH to operate safely without facing any threats to operations, organizational assets, and medical and patient information. This was a milestone in ensuring the ministry’s reputation with regard to high healthcare standards and public expectations in Saudi Arabia,” said Syed Haamid Zaffar, Oracle database administrator, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health.

Partner

Oracle partner egabi Solutions, founded in 1999 and incorporated in Egypt, possesses an extensive portfolio of products and services throughout the Middle East, handling numerous projects from Saudi Arabia to Kenya. egabi Solutions participated with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health during the entire bidding process and deployed the solution—including database audit configuration—in just two months.