Meet the Alertsec team at the RSA Conference in San Francisco
Are you planning to visit the RSA Conference in San Francisco 18-24 April?
Then, it’s a perfect time to meet the Alertsec team and our new CEO in the US, Ebba Blitz. Contact our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a meeting. Also, customers and partners are invited to join us for drinks in San Francisco on 22 April. If you would like to come, do contact email@example.com for an invitation and confirmation of the details. We hope to see you there.
The Alertsec service includes many features as standard, ensuring that everything you need is available and ready to use. Media Encryption is one of those integrated features, providing an important information protection capability.
Media Encryption is built-in as standard.
Key features include:
Securely access encrypted media from any computer
No limitation on the number of devices you encrypt
Both Mac and PC compatible
Password reset on your local machine
Read-only access configuration possible
Choose how much of the media to encrypt (50-100%)
Media Encryption allows you to encrypt all information stored on USB connected devices like USB sticks or external hard drives. You can also encrypt and password-protect CDs and DVDs, enabling you to store and distribute large amounts of data easily and securely.
This service is included as standard in both Endpoint Encrypt and Total Endpoint Security and eliminates the need to purchase costly “ready encrypted” memory sticks. To find out more, refer to the “Media Encryption Guide” available here.
HIPAA Compliance - the importance of laptop encryption
Concentra Health Services in Texas has been fined $1,725,220 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to resolve HIPAA privacy violations, which occurred after an unencrypted laptop was stolen. Despite taking steps to begin encryption, the organization’s actions were considered incomplete and inconsistent over time leaving patient PHI vulnerable.
Since 2012, HHS has issued large monetary fines for violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule following the introduction of HITECH. Some organizations may conclude that encryption is technically required only where appropriate based on a risk assessment. However, the Concentra Health Service settlement suggests that conducting risk assessments is not enough to avoid penalties under HIPAA.
When the home of an employee of the Boston Baskin Cancer Foundation in Tennessee was burgled in December 2014, robbers stole some electronic items, and also an external hard-drive containing patient and employee data. The employee was authorized to work on the data at home. However, the hard-drive was not encrypted.
The data breach affected 56,694 patients and employees, according to the entity’s report to HHS. The external hard-drive contained personal information about patients and employees including dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and phone numbers.