Securing Remote Access across Healthcare Sites is Stronger Than Ever


By Alain Penel, Regional Vice President- Middle East, Fortinet

Organizations across the Middle East have been reevaluating their current strategies to ensure uninterrupted business continuity, and especially the healthcare industry. As the government and various healthcare institutions in the UAE set up remote clinics to meet the need for rapid field diagnosis and provide efficient testing services for its residents, there is an urgent need for stronger availability, enhanced security and real-time emergency services at these remote locations.

To meet the demands for rapid field diagnosis and testing, healthcare organizations must ensure their networks can keep up while remaining secure. Without a secure emergency deployment plan in place, healthcare providers and institutions will struggle of establishing and coordinating consistent policy enforcement across multiple sites, and especially for hybrid environments such as clinics, hospitals, and doctor’s offices running across a variety of physical and virtual networks.   

Establishing a consistent level of security across environments is critical and also challenging to achieve as most of cybersecurity solutions are architected to secure a single environment. Below are considerations for healthcare organizations to secure remote access across temporary healthcare sites :

Deployment: Organizations should look for a solution that ensures quick deployment of secure wireless infrastructures without the need for additional hardware. With a solution that can instantly adopt previously-established security policies, healthcare organizations can secure remote access across all locations.

Cyber Threat Control: Healthcare organizations must also be able to pinpoint threats targeting user entry points to the network, which may become an added vulnerability when networks and users are suddenly distributed.

Response Times: Keeping up with today’s sophisticated cyber threats requires a solution that provides automated network protection updates. Once networks are functioning as a single, integrated system that can identify indicators of compromise, and address potential vulnerabilities and hot spots, healthcare organizations can better protect their locations from new exploits, viruses, botnets, and other threats.

Visibility and Control: Healthcare organizations need complete visibility of their clinical applications, access to cloud-based services, and granular control of their distributed networks. Achieving this requires tools that are designed to work together, regardless of where they are deployed or in what form factor, to achieve consistent policy placement and enforcement, as well as participate in a threat response as a single, integrated system.

Management: Solutions that feature single-pane-of-glass management of both security and networking enable healthcare organizations to administer various policies to both wired and wireless networks so that security and networking function as part of the same system, saving time and resources.

The healthcare industry’s ability to respond quickly to emergencies is more critical than ever. By deploying a comprehensive solution that features ease of deployment, cyber threat controls, and unified management, healthcare organizations can secure access for even their most distributed sites without compromising network performance.

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