For IT in Healthcare, An Ounce of Protection is Worth a Pound of Cure [Trend Micro]

No matter what business you’re in, keeping confidential information from ending up in the wrong hands is critical. When you’re in the business of saving lives and improving health, that’s especially true when it comes to patient records.

In fact, with regulatory mandates like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and HITECH Act, hospitals now face significant penalties if they don’t implement strong and flexible data protection across their networks. That doesn’t just mean data protection on PCs in the hospital. It also means protection of portable data on potentially thousands of mobile endpoints, including tablets, smartphones and USB devices. Even one incident of data leakage can be disastrous – to the patient, and to the healthcare institution’s reputation.

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Fight Back Against Data Loss and Endpoint Breaches [Symantec]

Research from the Ponemon Institute tells us that for the first time in seven years, the cost of data breaches from malicious attacks decreased to an average of “only” $5.5 million, down from $7.2 million the year before. While that’s positive news, more than a third of breaches were as a result of lost or stolen devices, including endpoints like laptops or USB drives that contained sensitive information. As portable devices continue to become pre-eminent, sensitive information will continue to be at risk.

Plus, besides malicious attacks and endpoint breaches, companies also continue to face tremendous pressure to comply with increasing regulation and legislation.

So what are organizations to do? Data loss prevention (DLP) is still about proactively protecting information and that means continuing to answer three key questions:

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