January 2nd, 2020

What Level of SSL or TLS is Required for HIPAA Compliance?

SSL and TLS are not actually monolithic encryption entities that you either use or do not use to connect securely to email servers, web sites, and other systems.  SSL and TLS are evolving protocols which have many nuances to how they may be configured.  The “version” of the protocol you are using and the ciphers […]

November 4th, 2019

Email Data Breaches Are the Most Common Incident Location According to OCR Data

Email data breaches were the most common incident location listed in breach notification data from the Office of Civil Rights, a subbranch of the Department of Health and Human Services. From the first of June, 2019 until the time of writing, 178 different breaches had been reported to the authorities. Of these breaches, 69 involved […]

October 30th, 2019

Is SendGrid HIPAA-Compliant?

If your health organization has been investigating its options for promotional email services, you may be wondering, “Is SendGrid HIPAA compliant?” The popular service is used to send 50 billion emails each month, with major clients including Uber, Spotify and Yelp. SendGrid offers convenient marketing campaign tools alongside its own email API, and its solutions […]

October 29th, 2019

How Can You Tell if an Email Was Transmitted Using TLS Encryption?

Frequently, we are asked to verify if an email that someone sent or received was encrypted using SMTP TLS while being transmitted over the internet.  For example, banks, health care organizations under HIPAA, and other security-aware institutions have a requirement that email be secured at least by TLS encryption from sender to recipient. Email should […]

October 23rd, 2019

Is Marketo HIPAA-Compliant?

If you’re in the healthcare sector and considering marketing-automation software, you may be wondering, “Is Marketo HIPAA-compliant?” Marketo features a holistic range of marketing tools that aim to bring results for its users. Its offerings include: Email marketing Lead management Mobile marketing Customer base marketing Consumer marketing Account-based marketing Revenue attribution Together, these tools can […]