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Security Best Practices for Implementing Network Segmentation in a Healthcare Environment

  • Friday, October 30, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT (2015-10-30 17:00:00 UTC)
  • Matthew Mellen, James Tarala


  • Palo Alto Networks

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In October 2015 the Center for Internet Security will release an updated version of the Critical Security Controls which outline cyber hygiene best practices for defense. One of the focuses of the updated controls is network segmentation. Network segmentation has been a security best practice in many organizations for a very long time, unfortunately many healthcare organizations have yet to embrace the technology as a viable defense. Most institutions know that segmenting systems is the right thing to do, but organizations still most often do not use the defenses at their disposal. With the proliferation of mobile computing, cloud computing, and innovative use for the Internet, no organization should take yesterday's segmentation best practices for granted. Whether it's to isolate highly sensitive data within the data center, to ensure better protection around offices that are in high-risk geographies, or to isolate mobile devices internally, maintaining good segmentation might require a different approach today than just five years ago. This webinar will cover typical use cases, best and worst practices, and offer ideas to get started if you feel you have fallen behind.

James Tarala, SANS
Matt Mellen Palo Alto Networks

Speaker Bios

James Tarala

James Tarala is a principal consultant with Enclave Hosting, LLC and is based out of Venice, FL. He is a regular speaker and senior instructor with the SANS Institute as well as a courseware author and editor for many of their auditing and security courses. As a consultant he has spent the past few years architecting large enterprise IT security and infrastructure architectures, specifically working with many Microsoft based, directory services, e-mail, terminal services, and wireless technologies. He has also spent a large amount of time consulting with organizations to assist them in their security management, operational practices, and regulatory compliance issues and often times performs independent security audits and assists internal audit groups to develop their internal audit programs. James completed his undergraduate studies at Philadelphia Biblical University, his graduate work at the University of Maryland, and holds numerous professional certifications.

Matthew Mellen

Matt Mellen is a security architect aligned to the Healthcare industry with Palo Alto Networks and based out of Santa Clara, CA. Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, Matt led an information security operations team at a large hospital network in the San Francisco Bay area. As the IT Security Manager he managed security programs in the areas of Compliance, Incident Response, Threat and Vulnerability Management and Identity and Access Management.

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