The goal of encryption is to protect data by making it unintelligible and difficult to decipher for unauthorized users. Healthcare information is becoming increasingly attractive to cybercriminals and the number of data breaches of HIPAA-covered entities is rising. Can you be confident that encryption will protect your data against hackers? In this edition of SecureNews we dive into the details to show how the Alertsec encryption solution provides the highest level of security.
Are you or your customers using Alertsec Xpress or Endpoint Encrypt? Don’t forget that you can upgrade to Total Endpoint Security. Contact us to find out more...
An encryption key is the piece of information that scrambles data when it is processed through an encryption algorithm. Algorithms are standard and widely known, but to read an encrypted file you need to have the encryption key. The key therefore needs to be kept secret at all times, and randomly generated to prevent it from being guessed.
The Alertsec solution has several features to keep your data protected:
Randomized encryption key: A truly randomized tool collects information on the PC to create a unique encryption key for each computer.
256-bit key as standard. A hacker’s computer trying 1 billion keys per second would take 3.5 million, billion, billion, billion, billion, billion, billion years to try all different possibilities.
Rigorous FIPS 140-1 and Common Criteria EAL4 certification for all cryptographic processes
Hard disk encryption: Each sector of the hard disk is encrypted with a unique key. A hacker therefore has to separately decrypt each of the millions of sectors a hard disk contains.
Automatic encryption: Data is encrypted automatically the instant it is saved to disk
Authentication provides enforceable security that cannot be bypassed
The result is a solution that is fast, reliable and transparent to users and applications. The user never has to make any changes or security decisions. The only thing needed is the right username and password. If you have any questions about the Alertsec encryption solution, contact our Helpdesk.
A sophisticated cyber attack on US healthcare provider Premera Blue Cross may have resulted in the breach of financial and medical records of 11 million customers. The company discovered the data breach in January 2015 but it is thought that the attack occurred in 2014. A broad range of customer and applicant data may have been exposed in the attack, ranging from medical records and bank account details to social security numbers and dates of birth going back thirteen years. The company is offering affected customers two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.
A survey by Transunion Healthcare has revealed that 65% of hospital patients would avoid healthcare providers that experience a data breach. A data breach can lead to significant direct and indirect costs. As well as facing huge penalties from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the survey showed that customers expect providers to offer at least one year of free credit monitoring after a breach and a dedicated phone hotline for questions. The loss of personal information can also lead to loss of trust that takes time to recover, risking pushing away potentially long-term customers.
All existing customers using Alertsec Xpress or Endpoint Encrypt have the possibility to upgrade to Total Endpoint Security. By upgrading your service you will also get anti-malware, program control and firewall protection at very low cost.
Contact your partner or Alertsec to get more information on how to upgrade from your existing service.