Inverness Introduces Comprehensive
to the USNS COMFORT
September 10, 2004
The USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20), one of two Navy Hospital ships, issued
a three year contract to Inverness Technologies for hardware,
software, maintenance and support to assist the ship in monitoring
all TCP/IP network activity. The capability, based on Vericept's
Intelligent Early Warning (VIEW) solutions will tackle two critical
issues for hospital ships - the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule, and bandwidth constraints.
Our Comprehensive Content Monitoring (CCM) solution will enable
the COMFORT to monitor, capture, store, analyze, and report on
all inappropriate TCP/IP traffic (Internet, intranet, e-mail,
chat, FTP, telnet, instant messaging, and print jobs) to help
identify potential HIPAA violations, (which after April 2005 will
cost violators up to $250,000. per occurrence). The COMFORT also
will use the state-of-the-art tool to help control valuable network
bandwidth while at sea by identifying non-productive web browsing,
which can slow the network down for those trying to get their
jobs accomplished. CCM uses sophisticated linguistic and mathematical
analysis technology to examine both content and context to identify
potential inappropriate network traffic.
Thanks to Inverness, CCM is On Board!!
Inverness introduced this technology to the COMFORT's CIO, LCDR
David Felton. LCDR Felton commented to Pete Peters, CEO of Inverness
Technologies, Inc. after a capability test on board, that this
was a tool well worth testing. LCDR Felton showed the results
to his superiors after a month long test, and - since the tool
provides valuable information to Commanders as well as Human Resource
and HIPAA Compliance Managers - the reaction was to authorize
the purchase as soon as possible.
Inverness, an innovative IT consulting firm, is a value-added
partner of Vericept. In addition to hardware and software, Inverness
will provide customization, training, and help-desk support to
the COMFORT IT staff.