NHS Informatics Merseyside Selects Tanium to Boost Cyber Hygiene across Its IT Estate
Health service uses real-time endpoint data to patch, update, and configure assets
Realizes comprehensive view of all assets for increased return on investment
READING, UK & KIRKLAND, Wash., August 25, 2022 – Tanium, the industry’s only provider of converged endpoint management (XEM), today announced that National Health Service (NHS) Informatics Merseyside has chosen the Tanium platform to protect its IT estate through improved cyber hygiene and increased patch management capabilities.
NHS Informatics Merseyside is the digital support organisation for some 25,000 NHS professionals working across 240 locations. The organization provides oversight and support for nearly 16,000 desktop and laptop PCs, more than 8,000 mobile devices, and some 325 digital systems.
“Patching is a vital aspect of maintaining high levels of cyber hygiene, but disparate point tools made the process inefficient and laborious,” said Steven Parker, associate director of IT at Informatics Merseyside. “Each week we receive an email from NHS England informing us of patches that need to be deployed, including high-priority patches that have to release within 24 hours. The Tanium platform gave us a single pane of glass to view multiple systems, allowing us to ensure proper patching across teams and systems and replacing some of the redundant solutions in our toolbox, thus improving our return on investment across IT.”
Each year, NHS staff sends Informatics Merseyside some 160,000 requests for IT support. During the pandemic, many staff members turned to third party applications, such as Zoom, to keep vital health services running and to continue collaborating when face-to-face contact wasn’t possible. Thousands of staff started using new software overnight to continue delivering a high level of patient care; but such increased application use also increased complexity throughout the IT environment.
“Prior to Tanium, we were relying on several solutions to pull IT and security data that was often several days old at the time of reporting,” said NHS Informatics Merseyside Assistant Director of IT Rob Tinkler. “It was also incredible to discover how many of our machines had been patched but not restarted. Now, with the click of a button, Tanium gives us the live data we need to identify, restart, and provision these machines, increasing endpoint visibility across the org and enabling us to address vulnerabilities in real time.”
Older endpoint information, coupled with retired versions of operating systems on many machines, made it virtually impossible for NHS to discover and update assets that were insufficiently patched, installed, or configured. The Tanium XEM platform not only delivered real-time endpoint data to identify potential threats, it also provided information to allow service desk technicians to resolve staff IT issues quickly and create reports that relayed an accurate view of the IT estate to other NHS teams. Benefits include:
- Patch, update, and properly configure all endpoints
- Investigate and respond to threats in real time
- Scope cloud migrations in days (not weeks)
- Identify and sunset unused or unnecessary licensed software
- Discover and protect sensitive patient data at scale
- Maintain multiple regulatory and compliance standards
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Tanium, the industry’s only provider of converged endpoint management (XEM), leads the paradigm shift in legacy approaches to managing complex security and technology environments. Only Tanium protects every team, endpoint, and workflow from cyber threats by integrating IT, Compliance, Security, and Risk into a single platform that delivers comprehensive visibility across devices, a unified set of controls, and a common taxonomy for a single shared purpose: to protect critical information and infrastructure at scale. Tanium is included among the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For and has been named to the Forbes Cloud 100 list for seven consecutive years. In fact, more than half of the Fortune 100 and the U.S. Armed Forces trust Tanium to protect people, defend data, secure systems, and see and control every endpoint everywhere. That’s the power of certainty. Visit www.tanium.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Head of International Communications, Tanium