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1 Validating EMR Audit Automation Carl A. Gunter University of Illinois Accountable Systems Workshop

2 Situation Access to hospital Electronic Medical Record (EMR) data suffers risk of high loss in the event of false negatives (incorrect refusal of access). – Example: doctor acting on an emergency cannot get access to list of allergies. Hospital has highly trained personnel in whom much trust is vested. Consequences Hospital access systems give liberal access to records, relying on accountability. Insider threats are serious and abuses are widely documented. Accesses are too numerous to review manually by experts. Automated support is required. Root Problem Statement

3 Ideal Approach Obvious approach: develop anomaly detector (AD) with rules and train classifiers on bad and good accesses. Run the AD on the audit logs and investigate positives manually with domain experts Problem This requires considerable dependence on experts. Assumes experts know how to provide labels. Assumes experts can formulate rules. Assumes labeled training sets exist and that researchers will be able to get access to them. Validation Problem Statement

4 The primary validation approach applied by researchers in this area can be called the Random Object Access Model (ROAM). ROAM is based on the premise that anomalous users and accesses look random. Strategy – Develop rules and train classifier on real data set augmented with synthetic random users and accesses. – Test ability to recognize random users or accesses. Primary Validation Approach

5 Pro Likely that illegitimate accesses appear random. Good ROAM classifier prepares for expert review to identify false positives. ROAM classifier may find legitimate but interesting hospital information flows. Provides a ready testing strategy reminiscent of “fuzzing”. Con There no current quantified evidence that random accesses and illegitimate accesses have strong overlap. Indeed, there is evidence that in some cases legitimate accesses look random. Some illegitimate accesses may be systematic in ways that defy detection by ROAM classifiers. ROAM Assessment

6 What are the prospects for alternative models? Example: introduce specific attacks experienced “in the wild” similar to network traces enriched with known attacks. Another idea: look at problems like masquerading and open terminals. Behaviors are not random, but may display learnable characteristics. Beyond ROAMing

7 Explored an alternative validation model based on topic classification. Idea: Patients are “documents” and diagnoses, drugs, etc. are their “words”. Use Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA) to learn topics that can be used to classify patients. Use this to characterize users as readers of documents. Detect unusual readers. Detect readers of random topics. Modeling and Detecting Anomalous Topic AccessModeling and Detecting Anomalous Topic Access, Siddharth Gupta, Casey Hanson, Carl A. Gunter, Mario Frank, David Liebovitz, and Bradley Malin. IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics, June Random Topic Access Model (RTAM)

8 Topic Distributions Diagnosis Topics Neoplasm TopicObstetric Topic Kidney Topic

9 Multidimensional Scaling: Patient Diagnosis

10 RTAM: Random Users a.) Direct or Masquerading User (α<1) : an anomalous user of some specialty gains sole access to the terminal of another user in the hospital. b.) Purely Random User (α=1): user is characterized by completely random behavior, with little semantic congruence to the hospital setting. c.) Indirect User: user type resembles an even blend of the topics of many specialized users.

11 Random Topic Access Detection (RTAD)

12 Results - I

13 Results - II

14 Other strategies besides ROAM may capture new types of threats. Good progress on technical measures of validation; need links to expert review and ground truth. More evaluation studies are needed. Important to integrate access audit with general business intelligence: understanding the roles and workflows of the organization. Discussion and Conclusions


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