Healthcare Institutions Increasingly Rely on Bradford Networks to Secure BYOD Initiatives

Posted by Tom Murphy on July 30th, 2012

Bradford’s Network Access Control Helps Hospitals Secure Mobile Devices and Achieve Regulatory Compliance as iPad Usage Increases

CAMBRIDGE, MA – July 30, 2012 – Bradford Networks, the best choice to enable secure network  access for corporate issued and personal mobile devices, today announced that more than 30 healthcare organizations have implemented its Network Sentry solution to address security issues fueled by the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon. Bradford Networks has emerged as the vendor of choice for healthcare organizations looking to strengthen security while gaining significant productivity benefits and achieving regulatory compliance.

A sampling of the company’s healthcare customers includes:

Healthcare organizations face a set of unique challenges, needing to protect sensitive patient data and other highly confidential material, while delivering quality patient care and complying with industry regulations such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health). Additionally, with the push to move to electronic media records (EMR) and the proliferation of both personal devices and medical equipment on the network, hospitals are presented with a new set of challenges for managing and securing this information.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a full-service health system with more than 4,000 employees and 1,000 volunteers that require network access. The organization selected Bradford’s Network Access Control (NAC) solution to provide quick, convenient and secure network access for hospital-owned iPads used by clinicians and other staff, while allowing guest access only for personal iPads and mobile devices.

“While iPads and other mobile devices are an important component to providing convenience and accessibility to clinicians and staff, this cannot come as the expense of security or compliance,” said John Bozer, director of information systems for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. “A key part of our success is leveraging Bradford’s NAC solution. With Bradford, we are able to provide secure and convenient network access for personal devices while achieving compliance with industry regulations such as HIPAA and HITECH.”

Bradford’s Network Sentry NAC solution is the first network security offering that automatically identifies and profiles all devices and all users on a network, providing complete visibility and control. The platform features the first App that enables secure network access for trusted iPads, iPhones and other Apple devices, and can differentiate between corporate and personal assets, provisioning network access accordingly.  The solution also provisions, locates and tracks IP-enabled medical devices to ensure they remain secure, while securing guest and wireless networks to accommodate the increasing number of mobile devices used by administrators, clinicians, patients and visitors.

“While healthcare organizations are eager to realize the benefits of EMR and the convenience of personal devices on the network, they need to be able to ensure that patient records remain secure and compliance requirements are met,” said Tom Murphy, chief marketing officer, Bradford Networks. “Bradford’s solutions enable healthcare organizations to control and secure access to electronic health information, and provide a pathway for safely onboarding mobile devices to the network. We’re proud that hospitals are continuing to turn to Bradford to help them safeguard EMR and ensure regulatory compliance.”

Bradford Networks - BYOD

Bradford Networks offers the best solution to enable secure network access for corporate issued and personal mobile devices. The company's flexible Network Sentry platform is the first network security offering that can automatically identify and profile all devices and all users on a network, providing complete visibility and control. Unlike vendor-specific network security products, Network Sentry provides a view across all brands of network equipment and connecting devices eliminating the network blind spots that can introduce risk.

Bradford Networks - Network Sentry/RTR

Network Sentry/RTR minimizes a threat's impact and the response time for remediation. Network Sentry/RTR leverages its unique Live Inventory of Network Connections (LINC) to automatically correlate high fidelity security alerts from the leading firewall and Advanced Threat Detection solutions, including FireEye, Fortinet, and Palo Alto Networks, with detailed contextual information on compromised endpoints, users and applications. Once identified, Network Sentry/RTR triggers an automated response, based on the severity and business criticality of the incident, to contain compromised devices in real time. Network Sentry/RTR also provides detailed historical information on all network connections, giving security experts unprecedented forensics to help fully understand and investigate the threat's methodology, lifecycle and scope.

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Throughout the ballpark there are thousands of different IP devices that are used to run the facility and venue events - including ATM machines, televisions and menu boards, LED display boards, point of sale terminals, sound systems, as well as PCs and laptops used by Marlins staff. For each game there can also be anywhere from 20 to 80 radio and television station personnel who need network access in order to broadcast the games. In addition to the sheer volume and variety, equipment is constantly being added and moved around the ballpark.

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