StealthWatch Monitors and Protects Healthcare Networks

Healthcare organizations deliver critical, life-saving treatment that is heavily dependent upon the availability of electronic patient records. Simply stated, when electronic records are not available due to network or security issues, the quality of patient care declines. Further complicating matters is the need to keep patient records secure and confidential to comply with HIPAA regulations.

HIPAA mandates that all healthcare organizations that collect, transfer or access patient information must be able to verify security, confidentiality and privacy for that information. These requirements extend across networks, systems and applications at hospitals, research institutions, insurance providers, federal agencies and private practices. The task is immense, and the penalties for any breach in compliance are severe.

Lancope's StealthWatch System unifies security, network and application performance monitoring across physical and virtual networks. Leveraging NetFlow and other flow data from existing routers and switches, StealthWatch delivers cost-effective, comprehensive visibility to improve network performance, security and compliance.

StealthWatch’s application awareness also helps ensure that healthcare professionals experience high levels of performance from mission-critical technologies such as Epic, Lawson and Cerner. Because many healthcare organizations rely on these technologies to manage the entire lifecycle of patient care, 24/7 access and optimum performance are crucial.

How does StealthWatch help?

  • Provides cost-effective security, network and application monitoring
  • Detects internal and external threats that bypass perimeter-based security systems
  • Continuously monitors enterprise network activity without installing host-based agents — which can be costly and time consuming
  • Delivers easy-to-analyze, real-time tracking and historical auditing of access to ePHI servers from across a healthcare organization's network
  • Immediately alerts based on unexpected network usage patterns and security policy violations, such attempted access to ePHI servers from an unauthorized network zone
  • Automates discovery and profiling of new or unauthorized network devices

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Concord Hospital Deploys StealthWatch

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Concord Hospital in New Hampshire is using StealthWatch to analyze NetFlow traffic from its extensive Nortel infrastructure to gain end-to-end network visibility, improve troubleshooting and enhance network security.

“StealthWatch has saved us a great deal of time, especially with extremely complex troubleshooting,” said Mark Starry, manager of enterprise architecture and security for Concord Hospital. “In one incident, we suspected spyware had been installed on some of our devices based on strange traffic patterns on an unused port. Immediately, StealthWatch detected the anomalous activity and revealed that misconfigured devices were the underlying issue.”

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