Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Medigate, a healthcare security firm, and CrowdStrike, a provider of cloud-delivered endpoint and workload protection, have joined forces to offer healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs) a consolidated view of threat activity and incident response capability. Such an offering will span all connected assets, company officials say.

With the number of medical devices connecting to a hospital’s network increasing on a daily basis, HDOs struggle to maintain visibility of the location and activity of each endpoint that a device may connect to, as well as protect and manage them. Medigate and CrowdStrike solve this challenge by streamlining security responses and improving overall network efficiency.

The CrowdStrike Falcon platform integrates with the Medigate platform, allowing HDOs to perform comprehensive risk management, anomaly detection and enhanced response. The integration equips hospitals with comprehensive visibility into all managed and unmanaged devices.  Enhanced threat detection capabilities that power accurate responses are also among the offerings.

“We’ve seen a significant number of cyber and ransomware attacks against hospitals in the past year and it will only continue to rise in the future. A hospital’s focus needs to be on patient care, rather than responding to outside threats,” says Matthew Polly, vice president of Worldwide Alliances, Channels and Business Development. “Medigate’s unique focus on the healthcare IoT industry is highly effective in helping to reduce attack surfaces. With CrowdStrike and Medigate, HDOs can accurately see, detect, respond and prevent attacks across the IT and clinical landscape to keep their operations and their data – including the patient information – safe.”

Jonathan Langer, CEO of Medigate adds, “Today’s HDOs face specific challenges that need specialized solutions, not only in securing their vital personnel and devices, but in creating processes that ensure the benefits of connected health.

“ By partnering with CrowdStrike, we are delivering on this vision by empowering HDOs to detect and shut-down attacks. The endpoint protections our joint solution enables positions HDOs for the safe adoption of telehealth, remote patient monitoring and other networked care initiatives.”

Meanwhile, Todd Felker, former Director of Information Security at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, says centralization is key. “As care delivery continues to fragment, the need for a centrally managed, integrated approach to securing both clinical and non-clinical endpoints is obvious. That’s why the Medigate/CrowdStrike partnership makes so much sense. I’m sure my enthusiasm for the benefits of this partnership are shared across the industry.”