Sussex Health Informatics Service Deploys Forescout CounterACT for Real-Time Access and Endpoint Compliance of 40,000 Devices Across 500 Sites
CUPERTINO, Calif. — May 1, 2013 — Forescout Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of real-time network security solutions for Global 1000 enterprises and government organizations, today announced that Sussex Health Informatics Service (HIS), an NHS membership organization and the largest Health Informatics Service in the U.K., has selected Forescout CounterACT® to deliver real-time access and endpoint compliance for 40,000 devices across 500 sites.
Sussex HIS needed to replace an aging intrusion prevention system (IPS) that was a reactive defense fraught with false notifications. Rather than invest solely in perimeter security, Sussex HIS sought to apply funds for a more proactive, network-based approach for access and endpoint compliance.
Peter Ward, senior client devices engineer, IT services at Sussex HIS, said, “In a healthcare environment, everything from sterile washers, MRI scanners, medical kiosks, patient monitoring systems through to the chief executive’s iPad – all need to be classified correctly and monitored. If the organization inadvertently identifies an A&E patient monitoring system incorrectly, as a rogue device, and subsequently blocks it, that is potentially life threatening.”
Forescout CounterACT provides Sussex HIS with visibility of all IP devices on its network and the ability for deeper inspection to highlight users and potentially unwanted applications on those devices. The platform is centrally managed across its distributed sites and has adapted to a mixed operating environment. Any device on the network is identified and assessed against policy, providing the IT services team with instant intelligence and an automated means to address, mediate or block any insecure IP device or person highlighted as a risk to NHS data, infrastructure and hardware.
“Healthcare environments incorporate a diverse range of hardware such as PCs, laptops, network infrastructure, and medical equipment, as well as users that change daily. CounterACT enables organizations like Sussex HIS to monitor, in real time, what devices are connecting to their network while also checking the compliancy of all endpoints and remediating any problems without disruption to service or end-users. We welcome other healthcare organizations to take a CounterACT test-drive to experience the extensive benefits,” said John Hagerty, EMEA sales director for Forescout.
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Forescout enables organizations to accelerate productivity and connectivity by allowing users to access corporate network resources where, how and when needed without compromising security. Forescout’s real-time network security platform for access control, mobile security, endpoint compliance and threat prevention empower IT agility while preempting risks and eliminating remediation costs. Because the Forescout CounterACT solution is easy to deploy, unobtrusive, intelligent and scalable, it has been chosen by more than 1,700 of the world’s most secure enterprises and military installations for global deployments spanning 37 countries. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Forescout delivers its solutions through its network of authorized partners worldwide. Learn more at www.forescout.com.
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