Adopt Inventory-Keeping to Better Manage Your Network’s Security
Traditional endpoints such as tablets, desktops and laptops require constant surveillance on an organization’s network; however, strong security practices and existing technology make the task quite manageable.
Yet when it comes to medical IoT devices — which continue to be added to networks at increasing speed — visibility remains a top obstacle. As these and other consumer-based devices find their way onto healthcare networks, older devices either remain in play or simply find the back of a storage cabinet somewhere, only to be rediscovered later.
For this reason, strong network monitoring practices are key to addressing this security gap.
“You need governance behind anything that’s going to have an IP address,” Charles Christian, CTO for Franciscan Health, recently said at the CHIME19 Fall CIO Forum in Phoenix. “Know where a device is, its associated uses, its operating system, and whether can it be patched. It’s not easy but it is doable.”
This is one reason why organizations are starting to deploy cognitive apps like IBM QRadar Advisor with Watson. These applications use cognitive analytics to help security analysts quickly identify and respond to threats by providing a look into all the devices and applications on the network.
Although endpoint visibility can offer an organization valuable insight into the devices on a network, this approach is just the initial step in a wider cybersecurity plan.
Enhance Security through Successful Endpoint Management Solutions
IT teams ought to embrace a multifaceted approach to endpoint management. Network segmentation is one security practice that can help organizations get the most out of their endpoint visibility, thus advancing the security of their overall network.
One strong example of an organization successfully doing so: the Medical University of South Carolina.
Visibility into each segment of MUSC’s network has provided a strong foundation as the organization’s IT staff test new segmentation efforts to avoid future data breaches.
“The goal is to provide appropriate levels of security in accordance with posed threats or anticipated risks, and to limit exposure from a negative event,” Sanjeev Sah, the university’s CISO, told HealthTech. “We need to make sure that if the device has a negative cyber event that it doesn’t propagate to different parts of the network and it doesn’t cause severe outages or impact other assets that are performing very important functions.”
Boston Medical Center is another organization that deployed multilayered endpoint management solutions to its security practice. By installing McAfee’s Endpoint Security agent across client devices, the medical center has taken a diligent approach to prevent viruses and malware associated with their connected devices.
As you consider your organization’s own approach, don’t lose sight of how security practices will affect end users. These people are, after all, the key to successful adoption. Remember, these precautions comprise just one part of a strong cybersecurity strategy. The work is never done.