Working together to automate the complex security needs of healthcare IoT
Cylera’s long awaited partnership with Cisco was finally made public today under Cisco’s Security Technology Alliance (CSTA) program. The two companies have in fact, been working together for many months attempting to solve complex security issues across the medical space brought about by the rapid rise in the number of healthcare IoT devices in hospitals including connected medical appliances, Operational Technology (OT) systems and hospital building management technologies.
Cylera MedCommand solves some of the fundamental limitations of Cisco micro-segmentation strategy by automating the inventory, risk analysis and profiling of IoT devices for Cisco’s Identity Services Engine (ISE) thus removing a significant barrier for many hospitals to full adoption. Cylera automatically creates and adjusts the Security Group Tags (SGTs) for every IoT device that attaches to the network so that enforcement of segmentation rules can be enacted by Cisco TrustSec technology embedded into the network fabric on all modern Cisco Switches. The Cylera technology not only profiles HIoT devices but also OT equipment found in bio-labs, and some hospital rehabilitation facilities, as well as key hospital building management systems such as elevators, thermostats, and HVAC – critical in containing contagious diseases and moving patients between floors.
Furthermore, Cylera MedCommand via its AI-based creation of profiles for each endpoint, looks for anomalous traffic requests, regardless of whether network segmentation is active or not, and will flag these to network monitoring tools and security incident and event management systems like IBM’s Q-Radar and other SIEMs. It also interfaces with asset management systems to add utilization data so you know just how often each device is being used for better asset management and resource leveling saving you money on the purchase of additional devices.
The Cylera solution stack is integrated with Cisco pxGrid and Cisco ISE at a native API level, setting the Cylera solution apart from most of its competitors. This allows Cylera MedCommand and Cisco ISE and pxGrid to work seamlessly together to solve fundamental security segmentation issues. “Our solution is all about automation,” said, Cylera’s CEO Tim Ozekcin. “If you are in charge of cybersecurity at a hospital or biomedical engineering, you don’t have time to manually figure out security for tens of thousands of HIoT devices, that’s why we automated the entire process using AI and ML. HDOs have enough worries on their plates with COVID, so the last thing they need or more things to keep them up at night.”
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