Securing Patient HIPAA Data, EHR Systems and Thwarting Ransomware While Empowering New Digital Initiatives

Health Care Organizations Are Top Targets for a Data Breach or Ransomware Attack

Health care organizations are one of the top targets for cyber attackers

41% of the total data breaches in 2017 were at health care companies. Health care also incurs the highest cost for data breaches compared to any other industry. The cost of a data breach plus the work to ensure HIPAA, PHI and even PCI DSS compliance continues to climb.

  • At the same time, organizations are pursuing expanded digital initiatives, including telemedicine; improved device and location access for medical staff to respond to issues or provide timely follow up; and more interactive and self-service patient care.
  • Unfortunately, 51% of health care companies have abandoned many of these initiatives because of various challenges--chiefly security concerns--according to analyst firm IDC. Still, IDC predicts that “driven by rising consumer expectations, 60% of healthcare providers will make optimizing the digital patient experience a top 3 strategic imperative by 2020.”
  • Health care organizations need to improve their ability to provide secure access for a greater variety of devices, including patient wearables and various monitors and diagnostics equipment. Such secure access must be able to accommodate different types of users according to their privileges by role in different locations. Organizations also need to protect data through rigorous access.

Providing Visibility and Secure Access

Pulse Secure Provides Health Care Organizations with Visibility and Secure Access

Pulse Secure provides a comprehensive way for health care organizations to secure their environments, protect patient data and comply with HIPAA and PHI regulations while pursuing new digital business initiatives. Our security framework controls access to the organization’s network, clinics and smaller campuses and cloud-based resources based on based on user, role, device, location, time, network and application, as well as endpoint security state. It extends limited internal visibility to full visibility across all users, locations, networks and devices and enables consistent security policies across constantly evolving infrastructure while eliminating blind spots and weak links in the potential attack surface.

Visibility of What’s on the Network

Health care organizations can use Pulse Profiler to automatically detect and continuously profile managed and agentless devices on various networks and resources.  With a single view of all devices connecting to all environments, the security team can monitor devices for profile changes, track device inventory for asset management and gather connectivity information for troubleshooting.  Profiler provided visibility, with threat reduction by Pulse Policy Secure, ensures that organizations are fully protected from malware attacks and detected threats are rapidly isolated and mitigated.

Granular Security Policies for any Use Case

Health care organizations can implement a policy-driven “comply-to-connect” strategy that controls access to resources and services, based on device type and security “health,” domain, locations, resources, users and groups. Pulse Policy Secure NAC strengthens network security posture with capabilities that include endpoint vulnerability assessments, device posture checks and alert integration with next generation firewalls for speedy mitigation.

Secure Access Regardless of Location, Device or User

Physicians and supporting medical staff can use the Pulse Client to securely access necessary resources remotely via the Pulse Connect Secure VPN, or locally via the facility’s WiFi network.  Pulse Policy Secure authenticates employees locally based on their role and desired resource, automatically provisioning firewalls without manual intervention to provide remote access and immediately address patient needs.

Pulse Essentials Plus Suite

Essentials Plus provides secure, seamless hybrid IT access for desktops, laptops, mobile, and IoT devices to data center and cloud infrastructure.  And, it includes centralized, cloud-based management of Secure Access infrastructure with extensive interoperability.



Pulse Advanced Plus Suite

Advanced Plus adds on-premise role-based and device access enforcement and Optimal Gateway Selection that connects users to nearest available application gateway for best response, and User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA).

Pulse Enterprise Plus Suite

Enterprise Plus adds robust disaster recovery capabilities across regions, data centers, and cloud along with flexible load balancing for applications and gateways for optimized traffic flow and user experience.

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Pulse Delivers Real Benefits to Healthcare Providers

  • Secure Access for employees, devices, partners and patients
  • One security framework that protects the entire spectrum of health care organizations networks, cloud resources for insurance, labs, drugs and research, all devices from all locations and all users—extends limited internal visibility to full visibility across all users, locations, networks and devices
  • Enables adoption of digital health initiatives, including personalized medicine, interactive and self-help systems for patients, telemedicine and other practices while maintaining consistent security
  • Provides instant scalability to handle peak and drastic changes in demand as well as new traffic due to times of peak illness or new apps or services that have just been rolled out
  • Eases burden on security team through automated and self-service on-boarding of devices
  • Prevents access from unauthorized users
  • Prevents use of non-secure or non-compliant devices and network connections