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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Strict laws are making email encryption a must-have [IBM]

LockYou only have to turn on the TV or read your favorite online news site to see how easily private or sensitive information can be captured, disseminated or used for purposes other than what was intended. While the WikiLeaks controversy may just be the latest dramatic case, it does remind us that email and other communications we treat as private are anything but and, in the wrong hands, that information can be used to commit identity theft or to do irreparable harm to businesses and institutions.

The reality is regular email communication on the internet is open for anyone who wants to go through the trouble of listening. Even if you’re securing data locally, your organization is vulnerable to a breach. After all, it only takes one user to forward emails with sensitive data to a business partner or innocently send them to his personal email account so he can work with the information at home.

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