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Ruckus Expands Network Security with VMware, Lightspeed Systems

Ruckus Wireless introduces new features to its Cloudpath solution, collaborating with VMware and Lightspeed Systems.

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- Ruckus Wireless announced new integrations between its Cloudpath software and Lightspeed Systems and VMware software to offer better network security.

Cloudpath allows organizations to establish policy-based security for wired and wireless networks. In collaboration with other standard network security solutions, Cloudpath distributes identity and policy information to better cover the network from security threats.

The CloudPath system includes Lightspeed Systems and VMware AirWatch to secure mobile devices connecting to the network.

Lightspeed Systems allows users to filter HTTPS internet traffic based on granular internet traffic filtering. Lightspeed Systems filters traffic based on unit, group/user, IP address, range, and time of day. This allows an organization to put restrictions on certain web domains based on risk and prevent users from accessing non-essential web pages during work hours.

Healthcare organizations with mobile device or BYOD policies will need to restrict access to certain sites, especially if any electronic health records (EHRs) or protected health information (PHI) is stored on the device for any length of time. Malware from unsecure or unfamiliar sites and popup ads can infiltrate a device and gain access to the network, putting patient information at risk.

Organizations offering any kind of internet access via connected medical devices need a way to filter traffic to determine what could potentially harm the network.

"Our partnership with Ruckus means smarter, easier, and safer networks for organizations around the world," Lightspeed Systems Strategic Alliance Director Mike Durando said in a statement. "Ruckus, with its Cloudpath software, is the ideal partner with which to deliver comprehensive content filtering."

Cloudpath also contains VMware AirWatch to extend mobile device security. Cloudpath accesses the network authorization status of every device, which can be used to enforce AirWatch device management.

AirWatch is used to secure mobile, BYOD, guest, and other devices with the correct network policies to ensure the device is protected.

Through Cloudpath, AirWatch can share the same onboard Certificate Authority for a centralized public key interface (PKI) infrastructure. Centralizing the interfaces for both connected systems allows IT departments to more easily monitor and manage devices remotely.

"Through this partnership, organizations can easily apply unique policies to IT-owned and BYOD devices, through a centralized PKI infrastructure," VMware Director of End-User Computer Technology Alliance Gregory Lehrer said in a statement. "We are pleased to empower our mutual customers with an easy and flexible network security solution through the combination of Ruckus Cloudpath software with AirWatch."

Healthcare organizations need to protect their patient data from threats within and outside of the network. Not only do organizations need to deploy firewalls to deflect malware from infecting the network, but connected devices also need to be monitored.

Each network connection has the potential to be hacked. As the number of connected devices in healthcare organizations continues to grow, the more important it is for organizations to monitor web traffic at the network level. This type of security monitoring allows organizations to be proactive toward threats instead of reactive and controlling the damage.

An average ICU room will have between 15 and 20 connected devices communicating with the network at all times. Large Hospital networks can have as many as 80,000 connected medical devices.

The volume of connected devices along with the mobile devices carried by clinicians leaves IT departments with no choice but to implement solutions that will give them the visibility to monitor all the devices and the control to actively protect the network.