Zero Trust for Healthcare Cybersecurity

Why Zero Trust

The myriad of unmanaged connected medical and IoT devices, work from home, and 3rd-party vendor software accessing hospital networks mean the "castle and moat" approach to hospital cybersecurity is no longer effective.

The Zero Trust model assumes some devices or users allowed inside the network perimeter are already cybersecurity threats, and it aims to minimize their negative impact on the critical services and data hospitals rely on to provide quality healthcare.

Operating room with medical devices protected

What Exactly is Zero Trust

The term Zero Trust refers to a concept that translates to “never trust and always verify”. This is a paradigm where no device or person is considered secure and every interaction must be verified.

To apply the Zero Trust model in healthcare delivery requires identifying each connected device, user, or resource. It also means that you must authenticate each of those to the corporate network and grant them the minimal access they require to function. This is based on a trust policy defined specifically for them.

You must also consider unmanaged devices. These include connected medical devices or Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Zero Trust typically refers to contextual micro-segmentation. It relies on a robust identification of devices and fine-tuned policies that allow access to/from their verified eco-system. Additionally, it will restrict all other interactions.


Source: CyberMDX Research 150

Total distinct types of device families found in a typical HDO.

Related Resources


The CyberMDX Healthcare Security Suite Architecture Overview

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CyberMDX Healthcare Security Suite Overview

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CyberMDX and Zero Trust

On May 12 President Joe Biden issued an executive order that required every Federal Government agency to develop a plan for adopting Zero Trust Architecture as a major part of increased efforts to improve the Nation’s cybersecurity.


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