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Bradford Networks - Adaptive Network Security

February 03, 2010 08:30 ET

Bradford Networks Launches Comprehensive Initiative to Help Healthcare Organizations Secure Mobile Users and Medical Devices

Bradford Brings Award-Winning Adaptive Network Security™ (ANS) Solutions to Healthcare Market; Launches New Webinar Series for Healthcare Network Security Professionals

CONCORD, NH--(Marketwire - February 3, 2010) - Bradford Networks, a proven leader in securing today's heterogeneous networks, has launched a new initiative to help healthcare organizations better manage the changing nature of network security in their facilities. Specifically, Bradford can help healthcare organizations:

-- Provision, locate and track IP-enabled medical devices and secure the network ports to which they are connected;

-- Secure guest and wireless networks, while accommodating increasing numbers of mobile devices used by administrators, clinicians, patients and visitors; and

-- Provide role-based network access for different types of users to track and better secure Protected Health Information (PHI).

"In our work with healthcare organizations, we've learned that they face issues that are different from those our other customers face," said Gregg Bjork, CEO of Bradford Networks. "Since most medical equipment in hospitals is IP-enabled, and increasing numbers of staff -- both administrators and clinicians -- are using mobile devices that access Protected Health Information, network security has become both more complicated and more critical. Our new healthcare initiative is intended to help network security professionals achieve the right balance of maintaining security while offering accessibility to the network."

The Bradford initiative is focused on addressing the security needs of the healthcare community -- in particular, the mobile nature of users and medical devices in healthcare IT, along with the critical need for information security, data privacy and regulatory compliance. The initiative includes several elements designed specifically for healthcare security professionals, including a series of webinars, new educational white papers, and configurable Bradford Network Sentry solution sets that directly address the pressing network security needs in today's healthcare environments.

Bradford's Network Sentry family is the only vendor-agnostic solution set that can secure all three major elements of a hospital or healthcare network (patient information, medical devices and guest/patient access) without requiring the organization to replace any network infrastructure. Network Sentry solutions can automatically identify and profile all devices and all users on a network, providing complete visibility and control. They help network administrators understand exactly which users and which devices are on their wired and wireless networks; ensure that only authorized users have access to patient information, including Electronic Health Records; and address the myriad of regulatory issues hospitals face, including HIPAA and PCI.

The Network Sentry family is based on Bradford's Adaptive Network Security platform, the only network security solution that can dynamically adapt to changing security needs by automatically responding and securely provisioning network resources based on pre-established policies. Bradford's Adaptive Network Security platform integrates and correlates network resources, user information and device information to make networks both more secure and more accessible.

Union Hospital, a multi-hospital health organization providing care in west central Indiana and eastern Illinois, uses Bradford's Network Sentry solutions today. "We recognized the limited insight our organization had into the people and devices on the network," said Max Hoopengarner, Network Manager at Union Hospital. "With Bradford's Network Sentry, we now have total visibility. At any given time, we know exactly who is on the network and we can identify the location and profile of all users and devices. We have also set up role-based access for different types of users. With Network Sentry, I feel completely prepared for our next security audit."

Feb. 10th Webcast -- "Securing the Patient Information Network at Susquehanna Health"

On Feb. 10, 2010 at 11am Eastern, Bradford will host a webinar titled, "Securing the Patient Information Network at Susquehanna Health." Susquehanna Health, a health system in north central Pennsylvania, is using Network Sentry solutions to secure its network. Mark Watson, Administrative Director at Susquehanna Health, will share his approach for making his network more secure and compliant with regulatory requirements, and also describe the results, which include better visibility into the devices connecting to his network, more control over who has access to which network resources, and the ability to track and report on user and access activity. To register for this complimentary event, visit All registrants will receive a copy of Bradford's newest white paper, "HIPAA Requirements Addressed by Bradford's Network Sentry."

For more information on Bradford's Adaptive Network Security solutions for healthcare and the company's healthcare initiative, including detail on future webinars and additional white papers, visit

About Bradford Networks

Bradford Networks is a proven leader in securing today's heterogeneous networks. Bradford's adaptive security platform fortifies networks and leverages features from existing infrastructure to dynamically enforce policies across both wired and wireless networks. Bradford solutions uniquely identify and profile every device and every user to provide complete visibility and control. Hundreds of customers and millions of users worldwide rely on Bradford to secure their critical IT assets and automate security operations. Bradford Networks is headquartered in Concord, NH and is privately held. For more information about Bradford Networks, call 603-228-5300 or visit

Network Sentry, Adaptive Network Security, Campus Manager and NAC Director are trademarks of Bradford Networks Inc. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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