Recent Email Breaches Illustrate Exposure of Unencrypted Email


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Recent Email Breaches Illustrate Exposure of Unencrypted Email

Geoff Bibby

The Final HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule took effect on March 26, 2013. It was a historic event in the healthcare industry, and its impact is shining light on the vulnerability of unencrypted email.

In the last month, we’ve witnessed a trend in email-related breaches. Three recently reported email breaches (see below) serve as a sobering reminder that sending PHI through unencrypted email can result in a breach.

This is a good time to keep in mind that email encryption and email data loss prevention are critical components to your security and compliance strategy. ZixCorp has helped thousands of customers with HIPAA/HITECH needs for email. Please contact us if you’d like to learn how we can help.

May 14, 2013
Mass email by Dent Neurologic inadvertently breaches privacy of 10,200 patients

May 9, 2013
1,200 medical records compromised in unencrypted email from Regional Medical Center in Memphis

April 29, 2013
Hope Hospice Warns 800 Patients about Possible Information Security Breach from Unencrypted Email Data Breach