Advanced IP Filtering to Transform Healthcare Security

Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: June 21st, 2016

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Francesco Trama
As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Francesco is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

Healthcare SecurityHealthcare networks are a prime target for cybercrime. The life-saving services, data and business operations included in the healthcare model have also become quite the lucrative target for cybercriminals. Advanced IP filtering can transform healthcare security.

As technology continues to evolve, innovations appear on both sides. New technologies, such as smart medical devices, mobile and cloud services, and electronic protected health information (ePHI) offer a number of operational benefits. However, they also expand the threat landscape across healthcare organizations—from information and patient check-in kiosks all the way to operating rooms—as virtually every operational and care component is now an IP connected device. While these new technologies are designed to streamline and automate healthcare, they introduce security risks and may compromise the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive patient data at a time when cybercriminals are increasing bandwidth and effectiveness.

So what is a healthcare network to do in order to balance the risk of cybercrime with the rewards brought about in the form of increased patient care and management? It is certain that cybercrime will continue to increase and there is no way to completely prevent cybercriminals from gaining a foothold. Perhaps, that’s the bad news. The good news is that network security is continuing to evolve in order to maximize network protection. One of the latest advancements is Advanced IP Filtering, which offers previously-unseen benefits to network security for healthcare institutions:

Go Beyond Locked File Cabinets

With real dangers to healthcare networks such as hackers, viruses, or disaffected employees, a locked file cabinet or office door is no longer sufficient to protect confidential patient information. Advanced IP Filtering provides yet another layer of protection in a multi-layered model.

Lower Security Complexity

Advanced IP Filtering solutions are designed to grow with the Healthcare providers needs to combat the constantly evolving threats before they impact your business. This means providing both high levels of protection and performance, while lowering the overall cost and complexity by eliminating the volume of threats and unwanted traffic.

Identify and Eliminate Threats

Advanced IP Filtering solutions can help mitigate threats by quickly identifying rogue and questionable connections from malware, attackers, and users. The high risk connections, probes, stealth attacks, and zero-day break-outs can be attended from the specific attack vector. Now egregious offenders can be dealt with precision and without the fear of interfering with normal production traffic.