Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health Enhances Data Security, Improves Operational Efficiency, and Reduces Total Cost of Ownership by 20%
 
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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health Enhances Data Security, Improves Operational Efficiency, and Reduces Total Cost of Ownership by 20%

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

  • “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health is able to protect a wide range of highly critical systems with Oracle Database Vault and Oracle Advanced Security. The deployment eliminated the need to secure data and applications manually, improving efficiency and reducing IT maintenance costs by 15%.” – Mujeeb Ur Rahman Andeth, DBA, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ,Ministry of Health

  • Protect MOH’s mission-critical data, such as for financials, human resources, and medical licensing that is accessed daily by employees, healthcare suppliers, and other governmental agencies from insider threats—unauthorized access, destruction, disclosure, modification of information, and denial of service
  • Mitigate risk of accidents, such as unintended destruction of sensitive medical, personal, and business data by privileged users, including database administrators
  • Eliminate the need to secure data and applications manually and automate monitoring system access and data modification to reduce the strain on IT staff
  • Enforce compliance of MOH’s security policies by establishing role-based access for employees that is managed and controlled from a centralized console
  • Improve processing of privileged user transfers and terminations so changes are reflected immediately in the ministry’s systems

Solutions

  • Deployed Oracle Database Vault as a real-time data security solution, using preventive controls and multifactor authorizations to ensure that privileged users do not leak confidential information from medical licensing, purchasing, human resources, and other internal applications that contain highly sensitive data
  • Protected information with Oracle Database Vault’s multifactor policies through controlled access, based on built-in factors—such as time of day, IP address, application name, and authentication method—preventing unauthorized ad-hoc access and application bypass
  • Eliminated staff efforts and costs required to secure applications and repair corrupted data, reducing IT maintenance costs by approximately 15%
  • Controlled access to application tables and system commands of Oracle Database with the help of system privileges, so that only authorized users can modify data—protecting sensitive patient, employee, and supplier data
  • Limited data and application access to employees with the appropriate roles through Oracle Advanced Security, ensuring that credentials of transferred or terminated staff are revoked automatically
  • Enabled database administrators to conduct administrative tasks, such as data export and import without direct data access, minimizing the risk of intentional or accidental data manipulation and meeting a key requirement of the ministry’s data security guidelines
  • Protected data of MOH’s applications that are used by numerous Saudi Arabian government organizations by encrypting databases with Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption without modifying the applications, as data is automatically decrypted when read by applications
  • Provided network encryption for protecting communications to and from Oracle Database, rejecting all communications that are not encrypted
  • Secured MOH’s backup disks—which are shipped to offsite locations—with Transparent Data Encryption to ensure long-term protection of highly sensitive medical and personal data, making it impossible to decommission storage data without the proper data encryption keys
  • Achieved substantial performance increases, encrypting data ten times faster than with traditional methods, and reduced total cost of ownership by 20% with Oracle Exadata Database Machine
  • Established a secure repository for MOH’s mission-critical applications for financial and human resources management, medical licenses and supplies, global bidding, and data exchange between various ministries with privileged user controls

Why Oracle

"Oracle Database Vault and Oracle Advanced Security enabled us to deploy a high performance security solution without modifying any application code. With Oracle Exadata Database Machine, these solutions provides a highly secure and scalable repository for our mission-critical applications and enabled us to reduce total cost of ownership by a staggering 20%," said Mujeeb Ur Rahman Andeth, DBA, Ministry of Health Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Partner

Oracle partner egabi Solutions, founded in 1999 and incorporated in Egypt, possesses an extensive portfolio of products and services throughout the Middle East region, handling numerous projects from Saudi Arabia to Kenya.

“Egabi Solutions, headed by Mr. Abdullah Ibrahim Alyahya, helped our MOH IT team to implement and configure Oracle Database Vault on time and within budget, granting user access to MOH’s applications as per senior management’s request,” said Mujeeb Ur Rahman Andeth.