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Healthcare Device Protection

Stephan Goldberg

08 Oct, 2020 • 5 minutes read

Understand How Medigate, Dell Technologies, and VMware Work Together to Secure Medical Devices

Despite years of focus and investment, security remains a top concern for healthcare organizations globally. The rapid evolution of the threat landscape, with the constant emergence of new threats and attack vectors, coupled with a well-documented lack of available cybersecurity staff make it hard for any organization to get the upper hand on attackers. Many feel outnumbered and under-resourced in their battle to protect their information and assets from cyber threats. The most recent HIMSS Security Survey noted that “respondents to this year’s survey were overwhelmed by financial constraints and understaffing.”

When organizations feel like they are being attacked from all angles (which they are), it can feel hopeless. But all the money in the world won’t help if they are stuck operating in the dark. It’s not about using more resources, it’s about using those resources more wisely. Given that more money is being spent in absolute terms on cybersecurity than ever before, I think it might be worth looking at how technologies can be applied to truly alleviate the burden on IT and security teams and improve the overall security stance of organizations.

In order to be secure, it must be simple

Most organizations have a number of cybersecurity solutions at work within their environment; each is operating independently from the other, each is looking for or addressing a different component of the problem. If you consider it takes, on average, 255 days to detect a data breach in healthcare and 358 to contain a breach, you quickly see how easy it is for attackers to hide and obscure what they are doing in all this complexity. It can take days (weeks, even months) with many analysts pulling information from many systems to try to understand the entire kill chain, isolate the issue and ultimately eliminate it. This needs to change.

The root cause of a lot of cybersecurity issues within healthcare stems from a lack of visibility. Most organizations don’t know what they even have within their environment―a problem that only promises to get worse given the explosion of new connected medical, IoMT and IoT devices. So, if they don’t know what they have, how can they possibly tell what should and shouldn’t be happening? Without visibility into the detailed make up of the network it is virtually impossible to figure out what to do to make your security stance stronger; without clinical context there is no way to make cybersecurity decisions that can take away an attacker’s advantage.

What healthcare organizations need are solutions that can understand, at a granular level, what is in the environment and then offer coordinated, integrated defenses that streamline the making and enforcement of intelligent decisions that best protect all these different entities. I recently sat down (virtually) with Phil Sweeney, director of digital edge for Dell Technologies, Ian Curtis, systems engineering manager for SDDC-Healthcare for VMware, and Mason Ferratt, senior systems engineer for NSX at VMware to discuss how to achieve this level of visibility and simplicity.

You can watch the entire discussion here (I encourage you to watch because there are a lot of good stats and facts shared, along with a full demo), but I have recapped a few of the main takeaways that help organizations change the game in cybersecurity below.

Streamlined, single cybersecurity solution

We, at Medigate, teamed up with Dell Technologies and VMware to provide hospitals with a streamlined, single cybersecurity solution that can provide the visibility and clinically-vetted capabilities hospitals need to protect their connected healthcare devices. The Medigate Device Security Platform powered by Dell Technologies and integrated with VMware NSX simplifies the deployment and management of ongoing effective protection for clinical data centers.

The tailored healthcare security solution can help organizations:

  • Ensure all medical, IoMT and IoT devices connecting to the network and being used to deliver care, including new telehealth and telemedicine applications, can be discovered and protected.
  • Implement dynamic, effective network segmentation and enforcement policies that stop attack propagation and protect data center assets.
  • Eliminate unnecessary components within the cybersecurity infrastructure to streamline the infrastructure and simplify operations.

How it Works

NSX integrates with Medigate’s platform, taking detailed device and application information to improve device profiles and the enforcement of internal security policies that ensure medical and IoT devices communicate in accordance with acceptable clinical workflows and the manufacturer’s intended scope. The enforcement is done on the SDDC’s edge (ingress-egress traffic), as well as on an inner (east-west) data-center level. Combining Medigate’s visibility and clinical expertise with VMWare’s micro segmentation capabilities for SDNs gives healthcare organization the comprehensive, contextual cybersecurity platform they need to protect their connected medical devices from cyberattacks.

To see a demo of this powerful integration, watch the full webinar.

Stephan Goldberg

08 Oct, 2020 • 5 minutes read

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