Maize Analytics merges with SecureLink

Maize’s machine learning capabilities strengthens SecureLink’s ecosystem of third-party remote access and security solutions  

AUSTIN, TX. MAY 11, 2021 — Today, SecureLink, a leader in third-party remote access and security, has acquired Maize Analytics, a leading provider of data governance solutions, to tackle organizations’ largest security risks and bring compliance innovation to the market. 

“By combining SecureLink’s unique third-party security features with Maize Analytics’ innovative machine learning capabilities to secure insider access, we are extending our solutions for our customers – one that covers both employee and third-party access to the most mission critical and sensitive systems,” said Joe Devine, CEO of SecureLink. 

Maize Analytics technology identifies non-compliant or risky behavior within the systems to which SecureLink currently controls access. This creates a holistic solution for the highest risk areas in regulated industries, whether it be medical records in healthcare, mission critical industrial control systems in utilities and manufacturing, or sensitive data such as citizen or criminal records in state and local government. 

“The combination of Maize with SecureLink creates tremendous opportunities to serve our customers with market leading security and compliance solutions.  SecureLink brings world class technology including third-party identity management, zero trust network access, and detailed video recording and keystroke logs of third-party activity.  Bringing these technologies together with Maize’s artificial intelligence and audit review capabilities allows us to tackle new challenges in security, privacy, and compliance,”  said Daniel Fabbri, CEO, and Founder of Maize Analytics.

The combined solution is available to customers across multiple industries, the healthcare sector, in particular, will reap the benefits as both companies have significant expertise in this space. SecureLink currently serves over 1,000 U.S. based hospitals and Maize Analytics is the Best in KLAS as the leading provider of Electronic Health Record access monitoring, enabling compliance and privacy officers to quickly audit medical record accesses and identify suspicious behavior. 

SecureLink continues to grow rapidly, increasing revenue by 86% over the last two years as organizations look to secure their networks against vulnerabilities while ensuring compliance requirements. The need is highlighted by a recent report conducted by SecureLink and Ponemon Institute revealing that remote access is becoming an organization’s weakest attack surface. Findings show that 44% of organizations have experienced a breach within the last 12 months, with 74% saying it was the result of giving too much privileged access to third parties.

Brentwood Capital Advisors LLC served as exclusive financial advisor, and Bodman PLC served as legal advisor to Maize Analytics. Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP acted as legal advisors to SecureLink. AB Private Credit Investors and Antares Capital provided financing for the transaction.

About SecureLink 

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, SecureLink is the leader in third-party security, providing secure third-party remote access for both highly regulated enterprise organizations and technology vendors. SecureLink solves and secures the greatest point of risk in the third-party lifecycle for more than 30,000 organizations worldwide, providing companies across multiple industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, government, legal, and gaming, with secure remote access with identity management, access controls, audit, and compliance assurance.

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Maize Analytics Team Gains Insight at SciPy 2019

Last week, two software engineers from the Maize team attended the 2019 SciPy convention in Austin, Texas. This was the 18th annual conference, where over 800 participants came together from industry, academia, and government to showcase their latest projects, learn from skilled users and developers, and collaborate on code development. Our team was able to meet with their peers who also use machine learning and data mining in their research. Talks and discussions focused on better, faster, and more accurate ways of classifying, predicting, and displaying larger datasets. Our team came back with some great insights, and we’re excited to incorporate these state-of-the-art methods into our tool, allowing us to progress at the forefront of the smart auditing field. 

Maize Analytics continues to grow with the help of local technical vocational school

Maize Analytics is a Nashville-based software company that has continued to grow over the last few years, especially in the technology-focused areas. When searching for candidates, Maize has looked to Nashville Software School (NSS) – a Tennessee non-profit coding boot camp with the mission of “expanding the technology workforce in middle Tennessee by providing access to a career in technology through training, mentorship, and hands-on learning” – Maize has hired 4 NSS students to date, with skills ranging from Python, SQL, Javascript and more.

As Nashville grows and becomes a larger hub for businesses, the need for technology talent has increased. NSS has helped fill this void by training over 220 students in the last year, each entering the workforce with solid technical abilities, exposure to software development or data science practices, and a drive to enter the local technology community.

Maize is proud to work with NSS to support their mission and help place graduates in technology roles. As the company continue to grow, we are always looking for capable candidates to join the team. If building tools to protect data sounds interesting to you, send your resume to [email protected].

Maize Now Available on Azure Marketplace

Maize Analytics’ Patient Privacy Monitoring tool is now available in the Azure Marketplace to allow for a seamless user management and sign on experience. This integration of the Maize tool and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) allows Maize customers to grant and control access to their privacy monitoring tool through their Azure AD account. Maize believes this integration will help customers get up and running more efficiently while leveraging the same security controls Azure AD users are familiar with.

To configure this integration you will need an Azure AD subscription as well as a subscription to the Maize Analytics tool.

For more information, read the integration tutorial here. 

Looking for Developers!

Interested in working with a health IT company that is using machine learning to secure electronic medical records?

Maize Analytics plans to hire multiple developers to join their team. Maize is a funded, Nashville, TN company that is growing quickly.

This position will comprise of 70% development time and 30% customer interaction/technical troubleshooting.

Django (required)
Python (required)
SQL (required)
JavaScript (desired)
Virtual machine management such as Vagrant and Chef (desired)

Send your resume to [email protected] if interested.

Trade-offs of EMR access monitoring

Health care organizations are working to better monitor accesses to patient data for inappropriate use. In September’s Compliance Today Magazine, the Maize Analytics team discusses trade-offs of popular monitoring approaches.

  • Manual EMR auditing techniques cannot scale to meet the needs of modern healthcare, necessitating automated monitoring systems.
  • When selecting an EMR monitoring system, privacy officers should consider system responsiveness, false positive rates, and monitoring coverage.
  • Machine-learning systems can leverage clinical context to reduce false positives, decreasing the time to complete access audits.

You can read the full article here.

Maize Analytics Announces Second Round of Funding Led by Powered Health

April 13, 2016 (Nashville, Tennessee) Maize Analytics, a Nashville-based technology firm that provides patented machine learning software to monitor and protect patient data, announced Wednesday that it has completed a second round of funding led by Nashville investor Jim Sohr. Sohr is the Chairman and CEO of Powered Health, a portfolio of health care technology companies positioned to change the business of health care. Sohr was the CEO of AIM Healthcare Services before its acquisition by Ingenix (now Optum) a division of UnitedHealth Group in 2009.

Maize will deploy the capital to accelerate growth, expand their product line and support their rapidly expanding customer base.

Maize Analytics’ Founder and CEO, Daniel Fabbri Ph.D. stated: “Hospitals must monitor how sensitive patient data are accessed and used. Unfortunately, most providers rely upon manual methods or older technologies to accomplish this. We expect every US hospital will have advanced EMR access monitoring solutions in the next few years, and this capital raise helps us address this growing market.”

“We are happy to expand our commitment to Maize Analytics,” stated Jim Sohr. “Hospitals and the PHI contained in their EMRs have always been a target for misuse. Innovative technologies, like Maize’s, are critical in protecting patient privacy.”

Maize is expanding to support Canadian health care organizations and anticipates growth in other non-U.S markets. “While the North American market is our primary focus, recent Canadian regulations have put increased pressure on Canadian health care organizations to monitor EMR usage,” said Dr. Fabbri.

About Maize Analytics:

Maize Analytics’ patented and peer-reviewed auditing system allows privacy officers to quickly and accurately identify inappropriate accesses to EMR data. By contrast, legacy technologies provide static flag-based solutions, which commonly create high false positive rates and missed breach detection. Maize uses machine learning to identify why access occurs, and then filters away appropriate accesses, leaving a much smaller subset for manual review.

About Powered Health:

Powered Health companies are joined by a guiding mission to provide innovative software and service solutions to the healthcare industry.  We power a positive change in clinical decision making, interoperability, engagement and compliance. Together they change the business of health care.

PHIPA Order HO-013: Ki Design to Partner with Maize Analytics for Patient Privacy

Ki Design is proudly partnering with Maize Analytics to provide cutting edge access monitoring tools and consulting services for next generation compliance challenges. Privacy advocates in and beyond Ontario lack easy audit solutions. Common practices include manual and rules based solutions which result in wasted effort and high false positive rates, making it impossible for providers to audit proactively. Maize Analytics provides the only system that lets users proactively audit with minimal oversight and training. The KI Audit Solution powered by Maize offers all the benefits of Maize design while being tailored to meet Ontario’s regulatory requirements.

The IPC investigation of Rouge Valley Health Systems resulted in PHIPA order HO-013, demanding that the hospital:

  • Monitor all access to personal health information
  • Amend the agreement between the hospital and its Meditech system hosting provider
  • Develop a software solution to restrict search capabilities to what is medically necessary for health and personnel and agents

As part of the Healthcare Lab, Maize Analytics is launching a new tool to help address institutional challenges in our changing privacy environment. Maize Analytics’ innovative Explanation Based Auditing System (EBAS) is an EMR access monitoring tool that allows hospitals to monitor and audit for internal data breach threats. The tool combines rules and clinical context to dramatically increase internal fraud detection.

“The Explanation Based Auditing System can automatically audit 95% of EMR accesses, drastically reducing the workload for privacy officers and reducing risk for healthcare organizations” – Daniel Fabbri, PhD, Founder and CEO of Maize Analytics.

Dr. Wael Hassan, founder and CEO of Ki Design, calls EBAS “A disruptive force in the Canadian privacy space that will forever change how we do privacy audits.” He foresees that hospital and provincial mobile health systems are in dire need for Maize’s technology to ensure privacy and security for Ontarians.

Ki Design helps clients navigate privacy regulations by providing industry-leading advice on compliance governance, program management, and implementation of security instruments.