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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Avoid damaging data loss with full disk encryption [Symantec]

Today data is everywhere — whether you’re carrying it on a laptop in your briefcase or on a USB stick in your coat pocket. And it’s being accessed and used by employees, customers and partners, in the office and on the go.

At the same time, endpoints are more vulnerable than ever before, with a constantly changing threat landscape that extends beyond viruses. The number of ways we can store and share information means all the devices that make our lives easier also become critical points of failure for an organization.

With increasingly mobile workforces, it’s important for a security solution to protect data outside of the office. That solution should address a diversity of devices, from laptops to smartphones to tablets to USB sticks — as well as the various applications running on those devices.

Oftentimes, however, there’s a disconnect between what organizations need to protect against data loss and what they think they need to protect. [Read more…]