PHI Sharing and Cloud Security

December 8th, 2015 by admin Leave a reply »

CloudLock investigated a total of eight IT security industries and numerous case studies. It found out that personally identifiable information (PII) and a surplus of data sharing are vital concerns to the industry.

  • Around 72 percent of practices concentrate most heavily on preventing excessive sharing in the cloud
  • Around 38 percent of organizations concentrate on protecting PII
  • Other concerns for organizations include diagnosis, financial information, medical condition, Social Security number, and diagnosis.

CloudLock suggested below steps to further secure the information.

  1. Organizations should monitor and identify cybersecurity issues, taking care in selecting who is in charge of these tasks.
  2. Organizations should intervene on potential hacks immediately. Following remediation efforts, healthcare organizations should reeducate their users. According to CloudLock, reeducation is key in ensuring adverse cyber security events do not occur in the future.
  3. Organizations should schedule routine checkups to ensure security efforts are continuing smoothly. During these checkups, IT workers should readjust certain strategies and fine tune cyber security efforts.

“Healthcare organizations take special care in assessing the compliance controls of cloud services, but employees can also introduce cloud services into the workplace, creating ‘shadow IT,’ which are services not known by the IT department,” the report’s authors explained.

According to another study conducted by Netskope, healthcare industry has the highest rate of cloud data loss prevention violations of any other tested industry.

“By better understanding where and how policy violations commonly occur, enterprises have a detailed picture of cloud app ecosystems and their respective industries to better mitigate risk,”said Netskope CEO and co-founder Sanjay Beri.

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken the necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

Alertsec Xpress is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec Xpress’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

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