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US medical centre protects against IT threats with PA-4000 firewall

Palo Alto Networks : 22 October, 2009  (Application Story)
State of the art American trauma centre gains improved threat protection and application control with the use of PA-4000 series firewalls supplied by Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks has announced that Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre (BIDMC) has deployed PA-4000 Series next-generation firewalls for improved visibility and control of applications, and enhanced threat protection. As a result, the medical centre has replaced legacy infrastructure, and enhanced its health compliance efforts.

BIDMC is an internationally renowned institution with a state-of-the-art trauma centre that is known for its innovative training and advanced use of technology. Each year, approximately 250,000 patients and their families count on the centre's surgical and clinical expertise. Its thriving research and unparalleled Harvard-affiliated medical education program enable the centre to deliver the highest level of patient safety and quality of care.

According to Mark Olson, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre manager of IT security, the center initially deployed Palo Alto Networks' PA-4000 to increase the visibility into the applications on its network. They soon saw the full strength of the Palo Alto Networks platform and now also use its threat prevention capabilities, effectively replacing their existing URL filtering point-solutions. As a result, BIDMC has improved its security posture and simplified its security infrastructure.

"Visibility is important to us, and no other product we've seen has the price/performance benefits and overall security cost of ownership improvements that Palo Alto Networks delivers," said Olson. "Palo Alto Networks also helps our compliance efforts by giving us detailed information that is easier to comprehend than our other products on who should have access to what information. Compared to our other products, Palo Alto Networks has better throughput and gives us more meaningful rule sets."

"Leading organizations like Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center recognize that information security cannot be effective without seeing and controlling the applications that run on the enterprise network," said Larry Link, Palo Alto Networks' VP of sales. "Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewalls enable organizations to manage applications and stop threats, while simplifying network security."

Added Olson, "With Palo Alto Networks' visibility, we can take a stronger policy position. It makes auditing and policy control much more precise and a lot less labour intensive, saving a lot of time that was wasted before. With Palo Alto Networks, it's easy to implement a policy, and we know it's taken care of."

Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewalls are the industry's most powerful firewall products, enabling enterprises to see and control applications, users and content - not just ports, IP addresses and packets. This is a critical need for enterprises' management of risk as industry studies continue to show enterprises lack visibility into and control of application traffic due to the outdated functionality of legacy security technology. Palo Alto Networks' next-generation firewalls enable enterprises to create granular, business-relevant security policies and safely control new enterprise and consumer applications as business enablers instead of the block-or-nothing approach offered by traditional port-blocking firewalls.

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