CIA and German Encryption Scheme

CIA Participates in Nationwide Encryption Scheme

Government entities worldwide have used encryption to enable confidential communication about covert operations, allied countries, and strategic plans during wartime. Beginning in the 1940s during World War II and continuing throughout the Cold War, a machine known as the M-209 … Continue Reading

Best Practices to Protect PHI from Hackers

How Healthcare Organizations Protect PHI from Hackers

To a healthcare organization, its most valuable assets are the technology used to treat disease and highly trained medical professionals who care for patients. To a hacker, the most valuable asset is protected health information (PHI). This dataset contains information … Continue Reading

FBI Apple Encryption Debate

Government Asks Apple for Encryption Backdoor in the Name of Security

Following an incident in December 2019 when a Saudi national opened fire at a military base in Pensacola, Florida, the US government has been trying to make it easier for federal officials to access critical data for foreign shooters. In … Continue Reading

FIPS Encryption in Healthcare

FIPS-Level Encryption Means Higher Security for Healthcare

Encryption alone stands as a vital layer of protection for your sensitive data, but encryption that is FIPS validated brings a whole new level of government-approved security. Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are standards set forth by the U.S. government … Continue Reading

Encryption Backdoor for Law Enforcement

Congress Warns Tech Companies About Encryption Backdoors

Recently, the federal government issued a staunch warning to technology companies: if you don’t regulate encryption, we will. Encryption is a form of protection that scrambles data so that it can only be accessed by authorized individuals. Law enforcement agencies … Continue Reading

Importance of Encryption in Healthcare

Importance of Encryption in the Healthcare Sector

Protected Health Information (PHI) is the glue that holds a healthcare system together. Electronic health records include insurance information, proper dosage amounts for medicine, and other personal information. The digital age of healthcare allows for easy access to this information … Continue Reading

HIPAA Violation Cost Encryption

The True Cost of a HIPAA Violation in Healthcare

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was created to ensure healthcare data is safeguarded and patient privacy is protected. Violating this act not only costs the healthcare industry thousands of dollars in violation fees but puts … Continue Reading

Encrypted Drives Home Healthcare Data

Protecting Home Healthcare Patient Data

With healthcare costs constantly on the rise, many hospital systems are strategizing on ways to provide treatment to patients in their own homes. One study from the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine states that only about 11% of ER visits … Continue Reading

Healthcare Ransomware Protection

Ransomware Statistics in the Healthcare Industry

The idea of ransomware is frightening enough, but in the healthcare industry, not having access to patient information puts lives on the line. Ransomware is the practice of a cybercriminal holding data hostage, eliminating access to the information. The files … Continue Reading

Healthcare Data Breaches with Unencrypted Devices

Unencrypted Hardware Common Among Healthcare Data Breaches

Statistics on healthcare data breaches are staggering. Since the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) created a mandate for the reporting of such breaches in 2009, the number of data breaches has increased from 199 in 2010 to 365 … Continue Reading