HEALTH SYSTEM VACCINATES AGAINST EMAIL-BASED THREATS

September 27, 2017

Residents of southcentral Pennsylvania and northern Maryland have a fierce advocate for their health with WellSpan Health. The integrated health system is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, six respected hospitals, five cancer centers, a regional behavioral health organization, a regional home care organization, more than 15,000 employees and 140 patient care locations. WellSpan Health is also nationally recognized as one of ‘Health Care’s Most Wired’ by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine as well as one of the nation’s “Top 25 Connected Healthcare Facilities” by Health Imaging and IT magazine. The organization is just as fierce about protecting its email traffic from infection as it is about protecting and caring for its patients and local communities. That’s why it recently engaged Proofpoint – to protect and defend against email cyberattacks.

As a highly-valued target, healthcare organizations are under a lot of pressure to defend themselves against email based attacks. Wellspan Health is no exception, experiencing huge increases in ransomware variants like CryptoLocker, as well as spam, virus-infected and phishing messages. “Email protection is critical, because it is one of the biggest potential risks to the organization,” said Mike Shrader, Manager, IS Security Operations, at WellSpan Health.

“All it takes is one email to create huge impact on our ability to maintain operational efficiency and the security of patient data.”

Since deploying Proofpoint’s Enterprise Protection product, thousands of emails carrying malicious content have been detected and blocked. “The product has been effective, and most importantly, we’re effectively protecting the patient data within our system against email-based threats”, said Shrader. “We’re spending less time tracking down malicious emails and we’re able to be more proactive in protecting against threats, now that this solution is in place.” “We can keep threats from getting in the door and use our security team for their security expertise.”

Download the case study to learn more about how WellSpan Health protects their email environment.

Challenge

  • Better detect and stop email threats to protect sensitive patient data
  • Reduce the amount of time spent managing incidents
  • Gain better visibility into potential exposure

Solution

  • Proofpoint Email Protection

Results

  • Prevented thousands of phishing attempts from being successful
  • Gained valuable time back for team to focus on strategic security projects
  • Became more proactive through granular insight and reporting

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