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Franciscan Health

Franciscan Health Utilizes Fortinet Security Fabric Solutions to Immunize IoT Medical Devices Against Attack

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Franciscan Health provides faith-based integrated healthcare in Indiana and Illinois across 14 hospitals and 350 satellite healthcare locations. The organization supports a large number of connected devices including Internet of Things (IoT) devices and unmanaged and potentially insecure medical devices on its network. Protecting these devices and ensuring against unauthorized network access are therefore key security priorities.

For asset inventory and to better track its disparate devices, Franciscan Health turned to Fortinet Fabric-Ready Partner, Ordr, whose Ordr Systems Control Engine (SCE) solution discovers and classifies every connected device then profiles each device’s behavior and risks. The solution affords visibility into the risk profile of every device on the network. It integrates tightly with FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) via open application programming interfaces (APIs). The NGFWs offer microsegmentation across the network. The healthcare provider’s latest initiative involves the FortiNAC network access control solution, which provides more granular access policies. In the end, the Ordr and Fortinet solutions help Franciscan Health prioritize its IT staff time and stay ahead of security threats through enhanced visibility.


Keeping Threat Actors Out

“[We are] trying to be proactive, rather than reactive. I would much rather prevent someone from getting in [the network], rather than having to figure out: ‘Okay. They have been there for how long, and what have they done?’ And I think that is the important piece: looking at the zero-trust approach.”


“The bad actors keep getting smarter, and we need to be as smart as they are. We need to make sure the business partners we have chosen will work with us to support our security goals. We get that with Fortinet and Ordr.”

– Charles Christian, Vice President of Technology and CTO, Franciscan Health

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Business Impact

Near-real-time visibility into emerging threats and attacks improves efficacy of security environment

Time savings for IT staff


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