To Encrypt or To Not Encrypt:
What is email encryption? Why would you use it? What about security for your business phones? Are you protecting sensitive data?
Today I want to jump into a topic that most of Think’s competitors seem to be missing. I walk into businesses every day that are not taking the necessary steps to protect patient, client, customer, and employee information. Email encryption is a simple a la cart service that Think Network Technologies provides.
HIPAA, PCI Compliance, and Email Encryption
Why does it take the urgency of regulatory requirements (HIPAA Compliance, PCI Compliance, or other laws) to get a company to purchase a product that is a socially and ethically responsible business practice? Encrypted communication should be a standard piece of every company’s infrastructure in 2018.
This topic came to light for me recently when I had a lawyer I was working with on a project send me an email. It was addressed from firstname.lastname@example.org. (Names have been changed to conserve the privacy of individuals in this story.) I was in disbelief and appalled that an attorney was utilizing a Gmail account, so I decided to look into whether or not it was even legal.
What I found was that it does not comply with the new American Bar Association guidelines, and in some cases can actually be a breach of attorney-client confidentiality. Take a moment to consider your own methods. How do you handle potentially sensitive information? Are you sending personal health information over an insecure connection? Are your client phone calls secure?
VOIP and Phone Encryption
The key to ensuring secure voice communication is to use VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). Even using VOIP it is very important to understand the difference between transport encryption, and end to end encryption. Popular services like Skype and Google Voice can’t guarantee compliance and privacy. They may be cheap and easy to use, but you need to consider the consequences of having those communications intercepted. Would the cost of a privacy breach be worth the “convenience” of using a free service?
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has created a simple and short guide detailing secure communications. You can read the details here. No time for that? It’s okay, because we have you covered.
Secure Communications Solutions
Think Network Technologies has a full suite of cost-effective solutions for health care providers, legal firms, manufacturing, financial organizations, and many other companies who are mandated to utilize encrypted communications. We also have options for our clients who want to be responsible when sending client, employee, and confidential information via email. Let Think Network Technologies secure your communications today with our Secure Communications Suite of products.
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