Safety first: protecting patients and data

In a constantly evolving threatscape, the best defense starts with integrated security.

Every day, thousands of new medical devices are connecting to the network. Take a minute to picture the amount of data these devices are generating, transferring, and storing in addition to data from electronic health records (EHR), clinical workstations, and smart hospital applications. All of that data needs protecting. 

What used to be the stuff of science fiction is now real. Hackers might use an unprotected infusion pump on the network as a gateway to your hospital’s data. A staff member might unknowingly download a malicious PDF attachment from an email. Or perhaps a virus has been lurking undetected in your network for some time.

Securing an ever-changing and complex IT infrastructure can be overwhelming. With the expanding attack surface in healthcare, threats are getting more serious—and healthcare organizations must find ways to address them.

Protect the patients and data that matter most.

How can we prepare before an attack? ​

How can we prepare before an attack? ​

Identify: It’s hard to protect something if you don’t know what or where it is.

To understand the risks to systems, assets, data, and capabilities, you need visibility into what is on your network, who is using network-connected devices, when network access is requested, and where the request is coming from.

SOLUTIONS

Cisco® Identity Services Engine (ISE) discovers and identifies any device—including medical equipment—connecting to wired, wireless, and virtual private networks. ISE identifies not only the device but also the user, time of day, and location—enabling you to create adaptive security policies and build and maintain accurate device inventories.

Protect: Deploying safeguards against inevitable cyberattacks is crucial.

Protection can include everything from enforcing access control to managing data confidentiality and integrity. 

SOLUTIONS

Cisco ASA with Firepower™ Services is an adaptive, threat-focused, next-generation firewall that delivers multilayered protection, improves visibility, and reduces security costs and complexity. It enforces and hardens your network before an attack.

How do we react during an attack?

How do we react during an attack?

Detect: Many cybersecurity incidents go unnoticed for months, giving hackers ample time to explore your networks, locate sensitive information, and slowly and carefully extract it.

SOLUTIONS

Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) solutions analyze files for malware threats and malicious code posing as seemingly harmless files. AMP continuously analyzes application data to detect abnormalities, understand threat and attack methods, assess the potential impact, and activate alerts and quarantines when files become malware.


Cisco Umbrella® software provides up-to-the-minute view and analysis of Internet traffic to understand threats and attack methods, giving you visibility into where attacks are happening on the Internet.

 

Cisco Stealthwatch® solution uses NetFlow technology to provide visibility across the network, the data center, branch locations, and the cloud. Stealthwatch helps you use your existing network as a security sensor and enforcer to heighten threat defense.

Respond: The ability to respond to an attack is a bit like an insurance policy:

No one ever wants to use it, but you have to have it when disaster strikes. You may have suffered a breach already but simply haven’t discovered it yet. 

SOLUTIONS

Cisco AMP analyzes the effects and spread of advanced malware for fast response. It shows which systems have been affected, how deep the malware has gone, and what steps you can take to recover quickly. It also quarantines malicious code to protect other systems from infection.

How do we offer care as usual after an attack?

How do we offer care as usual after an attack?

Recover: Restoring capabilities or services and reducing the impact of a cybersecurity event helps you return to normal operations.

SOLUTIONS

Cisco Incident Response (IR) Services help healthcare organizations prepare, manage, and recover from incidents quickly and effectively. These services incorporate best practices we’ve developed with customers around the globe—so we can help you continually optimize your recovery strategies.

Did you know?

Cisco delivers a comprehensive security portfolio for healthcare organizations. World-class threat intelligence, a leading services organization, and an architectural approach lead to a more effective, simpler security solution. Now you can confidently address critical challenges, including patient-data privacy, medical-device security, and ransomware and other malware.

How does ransomware get through the door?1

Cisco technologies help patients and doctors engage on any device, anywhere, anytime.

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Cisco technologies help patients and doctors engage on any device, anywhere, anytime.

Email attacks nearly
doubled in two years.1

1 in 240 messages

1 in 130 messages

Learn more about Cisco Security for Healthcare.

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