UK-based provider of computerised maintenance management system (CMMS) solutions for medical devices Integra e-Quip (e-Quip) has partnered with connected device security provider Ordr to deliver greater visibility and security for connected devices in healthcare. 

The agreement between the companies will deliver clinical asset management and security solutions to UK healthcare companies by leveraging e-Quip’s CMMS for maintenance, procurement planning, and compliance assurance and Ordr’s artificial intelligence (AI)-powered platform. This will allow health organisations to identify obsolete operating systems, manufacturer recalls, vulnerabilities, weak passwords, or outdated certificates. It will also flag strange behaviour and automatically correct e-Quip workflows to fix the issues. 

The partnership will also tackle the UK’s compliance initiatives, which include National Health Service (NHS) Trust Data Security Protection Toolkit (DSPT) compliance, Cyber Essentials, and NIS2 Directive. 

“The global healthcare industry faces a unique set of challenges when it comes to managing and securing its connected devices,” said Pandian Gnanprakasam, chief product officer at Ordr.

“Every NHS Trust is responsible for protecting all the connected devices operating in their networks whether they are aware of them or not. Ordr discovers, identifies, and assesses all of an organisation’s connected assets giving healthcare security teams a comprehensive view into the activities of each device on their network and a full understanding of the risks that each poses.

“With operating systems being brought to end-of-life and devices not manufactured with security in mind, it is critical for teams to have the tools to access risk and quickly apply security policy protections.” 

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Commenting on the partnership, e-Quip CEO Dal Jdali said: “By teaming with Ordr we can provide customers with that real-time analysis of connected devices, helping them gain an accurate understanding of their attack surface – and the ability to identify and address potential risks.” 

Recently, the Southeast NHS Trust signed a three-year security deal with healthcare cybersecurity specialist Cylera, following a string of attacks on two NHS Trust Ambulance services.