Forescout Releases Inaugural Device Cloud Research based on Leading Device Intelligence

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SAN JOSE, Calif., May 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  (NASDAQ: FSCT), the leader in device visibility and control, today announced insights from 75 real healthcare deployments with more than 10,000 virtual local area networks (VLANs) and 1.5 million devices contained within the , with a specific focus on 1,500 medical VLANs with more than 430,000 devices. Launched in July 2017, the Forescout Device Cloud is one of the world’s largest crowdsourced device repositories and now contains more than eight million devices from more than 1,000 customers who share anonymized device insights.

“The Forescout Device Cloud provides us with game changing data from millions of devices around the world, and what we are releasing today is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Elisa Costante, head of OT and Industrial Technology Innovation at Forescout. “Our findings reveal that healthcare organizations have some of the most diverse and complex IT environments, which are compounded due to compliance risks. Every time a patch is applied, there is concern around voiding a warranty or impacting patient safety. These organizations are dealing with lifesaving devices and extremely sensitive environments.”

The convergence of IT, IoT and OT makes it more difficult for the healthcare industry to manage a wide array of hard-to-control network security risks. IoT and OT devices are rapidly increasing in numbers, but traditional IT still represents the most vulnerable attack surface. Forescout uses the Device Cloud data to analyze more than 150 attributes per device to bring increased device intelligence and improved auto-classification to its customers. Forescout will leverage the increasing amount of data and intelligence gathered from the Device Cloud to generate future insights on the characterization and risk posture of connected devices across industries.

Within the OT device category, the three most common connected medical devices found were patient tracking and identification systems (38 percent), infusion pumps (32 percent) and patient monitors (12 percent). Considering the growing number of vulnerabilities in OT environments, we can see an increase in the attack surface in healthcare environments.

In addition, more than 30 percent of healthcare deployments had 100 or more device vendors on their network. Patching in healthcare environments, especially acute care facilities, can be challenging and require devices to remain online and available. Some healthcare devices cannot be patched, may require vendor approval or need manual implementation by remote maintenance personnel.

 

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Globe Newswire: 11:00 GMT Wednesday 15th May 2019

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