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© 2016 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. The challenge Gaining transparency to secure sensitive data Ranked among the nation's best hospitals every year since 2007 by U.S. News & World Report, The University of Kansas Hospital is the region's premier academic medical center. Physicians teach as faculty members at the KU School of Medicine, and are at the forefront of medical discoveries taking place at the KU Medical Center, a research leader in cancer treatment and prevention, neurology and liver and kidney transplantation. "Like every hospital, we prioritize the protection of sensitive patient data against malware and other threats. We have to safeguard all network connected medical devices, as a compromise could literally result in a life-or-death situation," says hospital Infrastructure Security Manager Henry Duong. "Unlike non-academic hospitals, however, our entwinement with medical school and research facility networks means we must also protect a lot sensitive research data and intellectual property." "Just as ransomware was beginning to impact hospitals around the world, we set out to improve our security posture as part of our commitment to delivering the best possible healthcare experience," he notes. "As we assessed the security environment, we quickly realized that visibility was a major challenge and that most of our attacks started with DNS. We needed protection for our recursive DNS look-ups." " As we assessed the security environment, we quickly realized that visibility was a major challenge and that most of our attacks started with DNS. We needed protection for our recursive DNS lookups." Henry Duong Infrastructure Security Manager, The University of Kansas Hospital

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