In a single month in 2015 the TSA at Los Angeles International Airport found 154 laptops, 98 cell phones and 18 iPads. As we come into the holiday travel season many users will be taking laptops and devices with them. How many of those devices will make it back to the office? Encryption keeps data protected in the event of a laptop getting mislaid, but users shouldn’t feel complacent. Everyone has a responsibility when it comes to data protection. So why not send a New Year message to all your users, with a reminder to keep their mobile devices safe?
With the introduction of GDPR and 23 NYCRR 500, compliance has been a regular feature in SecureNews this year. Key elements of these regulations will come into force early in 2018. Remember to check the guides on our website for details about the compliance modules that are available with your AlertSec subscription.
Windows 10 Redstone 3 is now supported and the new CheckPoint client has been distributed to customers.
If you are planning to upgrade Windows O/S software over the holidays, ensure you follow the information provided below and in the AlertSec Support notification. The help desk team will be working throughout the holiday period to answer questions or provide support. May we take this opportunity to wish all our customers a very happy, and secure, holiday season.
2017 has been the year when data protection regulation changed. A report in 2016 found that the number of data leaks in the financial sector was escalating, with stolen and lost devices being the biggest cause. So it was perhaps no surprise that New York State took the lead in the US, tightening standards to combat cyber crime. In addition, the EU started the process of beefing up data protection laws through GDPR.
The new rules have focused attention on third party data protection, and have set a compliance challenge for both SMBs and large institutions. New responsibilities include scrutinizing third party service provider security and enforcing encryption, which until now has not been easy to implement. However, October saw the launch of AlertSec’s ACCESS compliance check solution, which addresses this challenge.
Our encryption services provide the platform for compliance. With the addition of ACCESS, we are able to help SMBs and client enterprises protect each other. If you have any questions, please contact our sales team.
8,000 patients of Florida based Brevard Physician Associates have been notified of PHI exposure after an office burglary.
On Labor Day when the offices were closed, thieves broke in and stole three desktop computers. One device had unencrypted audit files saved to the hard drive containing patient information including names, names of insurance providers, and services provided.
A stolen laptop has lead to a data breach at Martinsville Henry County (MHC) Coalition for Health and Wellness in Virginia. Over 5,000 individuals may have been impacted. The laptop had been left in an employee’s car and contained patient information including patient names, dates of birth, account numbers, identity of providers, and/or details about patient visits to the practice.
The new CheckPoint client that supports the latest Windows 10 release (Aka Fall Creators Upgrade, Redstone 3, or build no 1709) is now part of our standard software package. It has been pushed to already installed AlertSec clients, unless otherwise agreed.
If you plan to upgrade Windows 10 on encrypted machines, ensure that this latest AlertSec release (version E80.71) has been installed first. Once installed, the O/S can be upgraded without having to decrypt but you will need to take an extra step. A guide is available under "Guides" on your AlertSec Web account.
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