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January 2002

Network security case study: Inside the Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic has garnered press over the years for everything from its famous patients to its filmless radiology departments. Each year, it ranks among the top four overall hospitals nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report. Its director of information systems, though, lives in fear of becoming tomorrow's news. "If a 200-bed hospital in, say, Illinois were to have an application hacked, it might make local newspapers. For us, because we have facilities all over the country -- as well as internationally -- not only will we make The New York Times, but chances are we'd make the international press as well," says Matt Speare. His job includes keeping intruders from accessing the Clinic's networks while simultaneously expanding Web-based initiatives that service millions of patients and health care workers. Network protection for Speare has meant deploying several security solutions in a DMZ, including Check Point FireWall-1 and Cisco Secure PIX, routers, a VPN concentrator and intrusion detection systems. The ...

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