AKH Selects Lancope's StealthWatch

AKH Vienna General Hospital deploys non-intrusive StealthWatch for end-to-end network visibility

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

May 22, 2007

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ATLANTA -- Lancope, Inc., the provider of the StealthWatch™ System, the most widely used Network Behavior Analysis (NBA) and response solution, today announced that AKH Vienna General Hospital has deployed the StealthWatch System, which leverages NetFlow from the organization’s Cisco network infrastructure, to protect its complex and demanding network from internal and external threats. StealthWatch collects and analyzes natively available NetFlow, without deploying additional probes or appliances, to provide end-to-end network visibility and actionable intelligence that enables both security and network operations to ensure security, performance and availability of the enterprise network.

With more than 2,200 beds and 9,000 staff members, Vienna General is the largest hospital in Austria and one of the largest in Europe. Deployed in a secure virtual LAN in the core routing area of the hospital’s network, StealthWatch is used primarily by the hospital’s IT security team to detect and mitigate threats. Simultaneously, StealthWatch serves as a powerful resource for both network operations and desktop/server teams seeking to enhance performance and ensure availability.

“StealthWatch vigilantly watches our network traffic and alerts us to anything unwanted or unexpected so that we can take action quickly,” said Oliver Morais, security engineer for AKH Vienna General Hospital. “With our network organized into different zones and sub-zones, StealthWatch’s intuitive GUI makes it easy to spot exactly where and when something is happening on the network in real-time.”

StealthWatch’s network behavior analysis technology provides visibility, insight and protection for some of the most important aspects of Vienna General’s IT environment, including its own hospital information system (Krankenhaus-Informations System, or KIS) and Laboratory Information System (LIS). The KIS manages patient administration, patient data storage and a picture archiving system while the LIS processes 8,000 patient samples per day, returning 80,000 results per day and 20 million results per year. As another mission-critical endeavor, StealthWatch protects Vienna General’s SAP installation, which supports all business systems and internal ordering. StealthWatch is also used to monitor network traffic for anomalous behavior on the hospital’s disk storage solution.

“Before StealthWatch, we had to manually correlate firewall logs, Cisco logs and some of our server logs with different scripts to identify abnormal behavior,” said Morais. “The tedious and time consuming process was not practical and we are thrilled to now have StealthWatch in place, automatically scanning our NetFlow data. StealthWatch solved our primary concern, which was finding a non-intrusive security solution that would provide a detailed view of our network traffic and we are extremely happy with our decision.”

Lancope Inc.

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