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Will Email Ever Be Truly Secure?

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Email gateways are a leading cause of security breaches. The optimistic view is that effective email security practices, firewalls, mobile device security, wireless security, endpoint security, web security, behavioral best practices, data loss prevention and network access control – among other solutions – can ensure foolproof security. The realistic view is that email – or anything for that matter – cannot be truly secure.

To err is human. Technology advancement is a boon and a bane: cyber attacks are more sophisticated than before. You can trust no one security solution, place your full trust on end-to-end encryption (currently the most secure way to communicate securely and privately online) or predict when someone will break into your device and access your email.

The road to HIPAA compliance is paved with many risks, possibilities and outcomes. Well-researched and thoughtful implementations are essential but there are many decisions to make and loose ends to tie up. Your ePHI protection, privacy and confidentiality practices may be excellent, but your employees may still mistakenly dispose of a fax machine or hard drive that contains retrievable PHI. Or some of your staff may fail to observe the policy of what needs to be encrypted and what does not.

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And if you thought that email encryption, cryptographic protocols and even your computer system and CPU were protecting your data at all times, think again…

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What Is Email Archiving and Why Do I Need It?

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

The digital era has changed many things about the way people communicate. In the case of businesses and organizations, especially in the healthcare sector, the changes have been significant. For instance, the threat of fraud and data theft is forcing businesses to keep track of all the messages shared between employees and stakeholders.

Despite the availability of multiple communication tools, email is still the most preferred option for large-scale corporate and organizational-level communication. It estimated that over 250 billion emails are sent each day.

A business with just 1000 employees can generate around 40,000 emails per day. Needless to say, that’s a phenomenal number of emails and keeping track of each one can be tedious. However, it needs to be done, considering the fact that many of those emails contain critical information. In the case of healthcare organizations, those emails can even contain confidential patient data.

Email Archiving is the Answer

It is required that healthcare providers and organizations engaging in HIPAA-compliant emails practice email archiving. Email archiving allows healthcare companies to make things easier by providing them with the confidence that their communications are protected from prying eyes, while also being accessible to authorized personnel via as needed, even during emergencies and email system outages.

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SSL versus TLS – What’s the difference?

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

SSL versus TLS

TLS (Transport Layer Security) and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) are protocols that provide data encryption and authentication between applications and servers in scenarios where that data is being sent across an insecure network, such as checking your email (How does the Secure Socket Layer work?). The terms SSL and TLS are often used interchangeably or in conjunction with each other (TLS/SSL), but one is in fact the predecessor of the other — SSL 3.0 served as the basis for TLS 1.0 which, as a result, is sometimes referred to as SSL 3.1. With this said though, is there actually a practical difference between the two?

SSL versus TLS: What is the differenc?

See also our Infographic which summarizes these differences.

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Does secure email make you more vulnerable to spam and viruses?

Monday, August 28th, 2017

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How Is HIPAA-Compliant Email Different from Secure Email?

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Protected health information (PHI) is heavily regulated under HIPAA, but the exact details can be confusing. The regulations are designed to keep everyone’s private information safe, but they also put a significant amount of responsibility on businesses.

HIPAA regulations apply to just about every aspect of a person’s medical information, including their transit, storage and security. Because email is such an important and extensively-used form of communication, HIPAA regulations apply to it as well.

HIPAA-compliant email vs secure email

Some may think that secure and encrypted email is all you need to keep PHI safe and emails compliant. The reality is that HIPAA email regulations go above and beyond standard secure email. To protect your business, you need to make sure that your email provider is HIPAA-compliant, not just secure.

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