Data loss prevention solutions can monitor how users are interacting with data and safeguard against unauthorized transmission of sensitive information, mitigate risk of disclosure, and combat medical identity theft:
Content inspection appliances monitor transmission of confidential data over the Internet, including email (SMTP), Web (HTTP), Secure Web (HTTPS), and File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Communications with online apps such as email, social networks, and blogs are inspected for sensitive data, and transmissions are blocked if necessary.
Encryption secures data on laptops, desktops, removable media, and physical and wireless ports on PCs. If lost or stolen, some mobile devices can be remotely locked-down or disabled, and users can even wipe devices’ memory remotely.
Enhanced user authentication technologies such as biometrics, proximity cards, and smart cards can also play a role in preventing data loss.
Guard Against Data Loss
To help healthcare organizations to follow HITECH guidance on protecting data moving over wired and wireless networks, email encryption and network file share encryption secure data in motion.
File share encryption automates file encryption and controls access to sensitive files—stopping external threats and internal leaks. Files remain encrypted on servers, across networks, and when stored on devices until authorized users open them.
Ambulatory healthcare facilities handle a large amount of sensitive information in digital form, so you too must guard against accidental data loss and security breaches.
The good news is host-based and network-based data loss prevention solutions can help maintain data integrity and control for healthcare organizations of any size.