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Case Study Cisco Public Challenge Reimaging security for a dynamic and complex healthcare environment As the leading healthcare provider in Frederick County, Maryland, Frederick Health has expanded over the last two decades to keep pace with the 40% population increase. In addition to operating a hospital, the organization offers a network of primary care and specialty providers at more than a dozen locations. Recognized by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives as one of the country's "Digital Health Most Wired" hospitals for several years, Frederick Health strives to use cutting- edge technology to better serve its patients. With a growing number of remote users at distributed locations, boosting Frederick Health's security posture is a top challenge. "When you have more and more remote users, it's very hard to maintain visibility and control," a Frederick Health IT security analyst, shares. "Especially during the pandemic, with more employees working from home and remote locations, we needed additional layers of protection." "Managing granular policies and proper access rights was a big challenge from the beginning," the IT security analyst says. "As a healthcare system, we're always concerned about HIPAA violations and personally identifiable information going out or being shared somewhere. This makes our environment hard to manage because some users need access to our storage or cloud storage environment, while most of the users do not." Frederick Health needed a secure and efficient solution at the cloud edge (SASE) that could provide granular controls for users no matter where they connect from. Frederick Health turned to Cisco to provide a secure access service edge (SASE) architecture to address these challenges. "As a healthcare system, we're always concerned about HIPAA violations and personally identifiable information going out or being shared somewhere." IT Security Analyst, Frederick Health © 2021 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

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