Forescout Technologies announces a new healthcare cybersecurity partnership with First Health Advisory, a provider of healthcare IT risk management. The partnership creates a new approach to connected asset risk management by automating the technical data collection, mitigation, and risk reduction measures for a healthcare organization’s entire network that encompasses IT, Internet of Things, operational technology, and Internet of Medical Things assets.

Healthcare organizations’ networks are under constant attack and often do not have the necessary human capital to oversee the work necessary to thwart a potential threat or attack through quick response. This challenge places added importance on the need to obtain highly skilled outside expertise to operationalize a program and execute ongoing asset risk assessments across the network.

Cybersecurity risk assessments for healthcare organizations are incredibly time-consuming, static in nature, and mandated by regulatory requirements,” says Tamer Baker, vice president, global healthcare, Forescout. “Moreover, the steps to mitigate assessment findings and lower risk are difficult to complete with the current cyber-skills shortage.”

Baker continues, “This partnership and new approach that combines intuitive risk assessment and automated mitigation technology will allow healthcare organizations to not only make risk assessments easier and faster to complete, but also free up internal resources to support other critical aspects of the patient experience.”

The audit experience will also see a transformation through this new partnership. Organizations will have an ability to automate evidence collection and receive ongoing mitigation and vulnerability management support from First Health Advisory staff year-round.

“Our partnership delivers the optimal solution healthcare organizations are looking for—the right balance of highly skilled, multidisciplinary risk assessment personnel with deep understanding of the regulatory landscape together with a dependable cybersecurity platform that can automate risk reduction actions,” says Will Long, CSO of enterprise security and technology at First Health Advisory. “We’re excited about this collaboration and together with Forescout, look forward to helping more healthcare organizations improve their security posture.”