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IT and Data Company Creates High Level Security Solution for Maintaining Patient Confidentiality

August 14, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- DriveLock offers a highly effective way to control access to patient and employee data making it a highly-effective tool for healthcare organizations seeking to comply with HIPAA data security requirements.

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CenterTools Software's DriveLock security product offers comprehensive protection for personal data in hospitals, clinics and other healthcare organizations. It provides multi-layer access protection for PC and notebook drives, USB sticks and similar devices, making it much simpler for these organizations to implement HIPAA patient data security requirements. DriveLock guarantees a very high level of security through the assignment of defined access rights and supports the definition of all data types that users are permitted to share via interfaces, data storage media or online. DriveLock users can configure and monitor all types of security policies. These include enforcement of stringent policies and regulations such as who is authorized to copy which files and documents to or from external media, and when and where this is permitted. CenterTools has many years of experience with IT projects for the healthcare sector. DriveLock is simple to implement and employed by many healthcare institutions.

To be HIPAA compliant, healthcare organizations must commit to ensuring that information can only be accessed by authorized employees, and must implement corresponding safeguards. All of their processes and practices must guarantee information availability, confidentiality and integrity. They are obligated to adopt a security-conscious approach to all patient data. Healthcare organizations generate huge quantities of data, which must be instantly accessible when needed, but must also guard against the ever-present risk of data loss or theft. Access must be rigorously restricted to authorized persons only. DriveLock accomplishes this with mechanisms such as pre-boot authentication, whichmakes it impossible to access a hard drive without the correct password. In addition, the tool encrypts data access so that if the device is lost or stolen, none of the information stored on it can be viewed as plain text.

DriveLock also boasts easy-to-use analysis and forensic functionality that creates visibility into all employee access and copy activities. With just a few clicks, administrators can pinpoint the computer from which a given file was copied to a removable storage medium, and determine whether other data was copied at the same time. The software's Control Center displays a clear overview of the entire network showing every computer on which a USB stick, for example, has been used. Thanks to DriveLock, healthcare organizations can now benefit from end-to-end IT protection that is both easy to implement and extremely effective.

Keywords for this news article include: Software, CenterTools, Information Technology, Information and Data Security.

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Source: Computer Weekly News

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