SOURCE: Identity Engines, Inc.

January 23, 2008 08:00 ET

Identity Engines Has the Cure for the Healthcare Industry's Network Security Ailment

Healthcare Organizations Increasingly Turning to Identity Engines for Data Protection, Improved Resource Utilization, and Patient Convenience

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - January 23, 2008) - Identity Engines, Inc., a leading provider of identity-centric network access management solutions, today disclosed the recent surge in healthcare organizations deploying the company's 802.1X identity-based network access solutions. Identity Engines signed eight new healthcare customers in the second half of 2007, reflecting the increasing need for both healthcare providers and payers to control network access for data protection and regulatory compliance, enforce network resource allocation, and control patient and visitor wireless Internet access without impacting operations. Identity Engines' solutions provide complete control over which individuals and equipment can access sensitive network-based services, from where access is granted, and for how long the access should last.

Increasing HIPAA mandates for data protection are compelling healthcare providers to enforce access policies at the network level, whether access is requested via wired, wireless, or remote VPN connection. Identity Engines enables these organizations to secure open Ethernet ports or wireless APs in offices, conference rooms and public areas by authenticating requests for network access against existing directory structures or identity management solutions. Access to clinical applications can be differentiated across doctors, nurses and staff to provision minimum-necessary access rights based on role. Ignition Server can also limit contractor access for maintenance of network-enabled equipment to specific days and times, and make device-to-identity correlations for fast audits and trace-backs.

"Authenticated role-based access has been a critical but unmet need in healthcare network administration," said Simon Lewis, chief executive officer of Dataway, a San Francisco and Dublin, Ireland-based secure network consultancy and reseller. "Identity Engines' Ignition® Server encompasses a powerful standards-based policy engine that dynamically orchestrates enforcement decisions for the multi-vendor infrastructure our clients have in place, effectively locking down network access and reducing time spent on audit and compliance."

Representative organizations signed or deployed by Identity Engines in the second half of 2007 include Alameda County Medical Center, CDPHP®, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital, and the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.

Identity Engines Ignition Server can also be deployed to enforce policies governing network resource utilization. For example, communication badges can be allocated highest priority for wireless bandwidth consumption, or wireless-enabled equipment such as computers on wheels (COWs), carts, and pumps can be logically disabled when they are removed from their assigned ward or floor, reducing instances of lost equipment.

"As the network becomes the vehicle for accelerating service delivery in healthcare, the risk of exposure for both patient and business data increases significantly," said J. Peter Selda, chief executive officer at Identity Engines. "Healthcare has recognized that 802.1X and heterogeneous access control erect a very effective security measure at the network edge to neutralize serious threats created as a byproduct of businesses' increasing need for mobility and ubiquitous access."

About Identity Engines

Identity Engines develops scalable, identity-centric solutions for securing heterogeneous enterprise networks. The company's solutions provide comprehensive identity services such as authentication, authorization, and auditing while enabling centralized administration and policy management for fine-grained access control and regulatory compliance enforcement. Founded in 2004, the company has received significant industry recognition including being named an AlwaysOn Top 100 Private Company for 2007, a finalist for the 2007 Red Herring Global 100, and a Gartner "Cool Vendor" for Secure Business Enablement for 2007. Identity Engines is based in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit

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