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AlertBoot offers a cloud-based full disk encryption and mobile device security service for companies of any size who want a scalable and easy-to-deploy solution. Centrally managed through a web based console, AlertBoot offers mobile device management, mobile antivirus, remote wipe & lock, device auditing, USB drive and hard disk encryption managed services.

Laptop Encryption Software: Computers Stolen From Bend Ophthalmology In Oregon

An eye clinic in Bend, Oregon was burglarized, leading to the theft of five computers.  It is not yet known if there was any sensitive information lost, and if so, whether hard drive encryption like AlertBoot was used to protect the information.

Three Laptops, Two Desktops Stolen

This is one of those stories that exemplifies not only the need for data protection applications like encryption software, but also that they be used on both portables and "non-portables" alike.  The facts of the story are as follows.

Three laptops and two desktop computers were stolen between last Wednesday and Thursday.  The burglars threw a "lava rock through a sliding glass door" and unscrewed an "exterior light fixture," to make it less apparent that the glass was broken.  (In fact, my guess is that the bulb was removed first, the door smashed after.)

That's pretty much it.  It's pretty surprising that we know what kind of rock was thrown against the door, but not whether sensitive data was stolen nor whether there was adequate protection on those computers.  Lord knows there wasn't adequate protection for the establishment: a glass door?

Are Glass Doors HIPAA-Compliant?

If the physical barrier to a building with plenty of valuables is a glass door....well, you'd better be a police department or the headquarters of the NRA or some place that screams you just *try* stealing from us (meaning, of course, don't try).  Otherwise, what's the point of having a door?  Well, besides the time-honored objective of keeping out the natural elements like snow and rain.

On the other hand, who am I to judge what type of design you favor in terms of architecture?  If you want sliding glass doors because it makes your business venue look that much more inviting, accommodating, professional, or even luxurious, well, that's your prerogative.

A medical facility, however, must also keep in mind that they've got a number of laws and regulations that they have to comply with.  The big one, for example, is HIPAA.  This particular federal regulation forces medical entities to protect confidential, sensitive private information, which can range from medical treatment to medical billing info.

While I'm not sure whether a glass door would be considered adequate physical security under HIPAA, I do know that the use of computer encryption is definitely an allowed (and encouraged) form of patient health information.


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Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.