Are you HIPAA healthy?
If you hold PHI then you’ll need to comply with the HIPAA regulations. The good news is that it’s
easier to get HIPAA healthy than you may think. Visit the Sophos HIPAA Hub to learn more about
the implications of a data breach and get practical advice on how to keep your data HIPAA secure.
HIPAA and the Encryption Effect
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 protects the confidentiality of Protected Healthcare Information or PHI. In 2009 HIPAA was updated with the HITECH Act that increased focus on the penalties and rules around disclosure in the event of a PHI breach.
The consequences of a PHI breach can be severe. Should a breach occur and the data is not encrypted, organizations are obliged to:
Notify all individuals concerned
Notify the HSS
Notify major media outlets (for breaches of 500+ records)
Incur severe fines which can be in excess of $1,000,000
Encrypting your data remains the most effective way to ensure that if a breach occurs your data remains secure and you are exempt from these penalties.
Sophos makes it easy to get HIPAA secure. We offer a complete range of Next-Gen Enduser Protection solutions that cover you from A to Z: from encryption that keeps your data secure wherever it goes, to endpoint protection that stops hackers from taking control of your computers, and mobile protection that keeps the PHI on tablets and smartphones safe.