New firewalls serving the seven acute care hospitals and 120 physician practices of Barnabas Health in New Jersey have reduced the costs of network security and eased configuration work for engineers, according to Hussein Syed, the system’s chief information security officer.

The organization had been using several types of firewalls across the delivery system but performance and functionality challenges, along with clumsy configuration procedures, caused engineers to lose confidence in the products, Hussein says. So the search started for a more streamlined set of firewalls from a single vendor.

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