Zero trust, Security Management, Ransomware

Zscaler, Imprivata and CrowdStrike Partner to Protect Healthcare

Zscaler has teamed with Imprivata and CrowdStrike in a triangulated deal to produce a zero trust cybersecurity solution tailor-made for healthcare facilities, the companies said.

The San Jose, California-based cloud security provider’s integration with Imprivata’s digital identity platform provides “visibility, threat protection and traceability for end-to-end, multi-user, shared device access control” required for organizations to meet regulatory requirements, including HIPAA and HITECH, Zscaler said.

In addition, with the Imprivata integration, Zscaler is leveraging its existing integration with CrowdStrike’s Falcon Zero Trust Assessment score to control access to applications with adaptive, risk-based policies, the collaborators said.

As a result, users of the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange platform, Imprivata OneSign and the CrowdStrike Falcon platform will be able to more effectively adopt a zero trust architecture to better protect against ransomware and other malware, the companies said.

Healthcare Cyberattacks on the Rise

Healthcare is a fertile target for cyberattackers, replete with valuable personal data often offered for sale on underground web markets. Healthcare has consistently ranked among the top targets for cyber gangs. For example, the Qakbot crew, which international law enforcement recently dismantled, was known to target hospitals even in the throes of the Covid pandemic.

Each of the participants weighed in on their arrangement and the importance of a zero trust solution.

“Cyberattacks on healthcare organizations are at an all-time high, and protecting patient data is critical to maintaining trust,” said Dhawal Sharma, Zscaler senior vice president and general manager. “Zscaler’s integrations with Imprivata, in addition to CrowdStrike, provide much needed help to healthcare organizations in their journey to a zero trust architecture. We’re aiding workers and technicians with least privileged access to the healthcare information they need to provide care and maintain the privacy and security of patient data.”

In commenting on the arrangement, Mark McArdle, Imprivata’s chief product and design officer, said:

“Simplifying secure access to healthcare data is key to improving clinician productivity. This partnership with Zscaler strengthens our zero trust ecosystem, and ultimately advances outcomes for both patients and clinicians.”

And, in further explaining the teamwork, Raj Rajamani, CrowdStrike chief product officer, said:

“Our joint efforts will ensure patient data remains confidential, integrity is upheld, and critical services are always available. The Falcon platform's ability to swiftly identify and thwart sophisticated ransomware attacks on devices and in the cloud, combined with Zscaler's device posture-driven access control offers a comprehensive end-to-end zero trust solution for healthcare organizations and significantly reduces the risk of breach and data exfiltration.”

D. Howard Kass

D. Howard Kass is a contributing editor to MSSP Alert. He brings a career in journalism and market research to the role. He has served as CRN News Editor, Dataquest Channel Analyst, and West Coast Senior Contributing Editor at Channelnomics. As the CEO of The Viewpoint Group, he led groundbreaking market research.