Barracuda Improves Deployment Choices for its Web Filtering Solution
Jun17

Barracuda Improves Deployment Choices for its Web Filtering Solution

While many organizations choose a combined firewall and web filtering solution, in order to balance security with performance, many choose to keep both functions separate. Barracuda Networks has announced that it has now improved its web security deployment choices, allowing customers to choose an integrated firewall/web security solution or run both as separate appliances. “The recent enhancements made to Barracuda’s firewall and web security products allow customers to deploy best-in-class web security architectures, either integrated as a feature of their next-generation firewalls, or integrated as discrete firewall and web security appliances,” said Stephen Pao, GM Security, Barracuda. The Barracuda next generation firewall now has the capability to silently redirect traffic through the web filter without inline connections, with the feature made available on both the Barracuda Firewall and the Barracuda NextGen firewall. Organizations that run the firewall and web filter on separate appliances can gain several performance benefits, since there are different...

Read More
Fortinet Survey Reveals Wireless Network Biggest Concern in Enterprise IT Infrastructure
Jun03

Fortinet Survey Reveals Wireless Network Biggest Concern in Enterprise IT Infrastructure

Fortinet recently commissioned a survey on CISOs, CIOs, CTOs, and head of IT to discover current views on wireless security and the protections put in place by organizations to secure their wireless networks. The survey, conducted in May 2015 on 1,490 qualified IT decision makers, revealed wireless networks were the biggest area of concern and the weakest link in the security chain. From a security standpoint, wireless networks were ranked as the biggest concern by 49% of respondents, compared to the core network which was the biggest concern for just 29% of respondents. The remaining areas of concern were databases (25%), applications (17%) and storage (11%). Almost all of the CIOs that took part in the survey (92%) said insufficient wireless security was a concern. When asked about the security put in place to secure wireless networks, 37% of respondents said they do not even have authentication controls in place on their internal wireless networks. The level of concern therefore comes as no surprise. Further, while internal wireless networks have been set up for staff use, 43%...

Read More
Secure Text Message Service Improves Response Times at Chicago Cardiology Institute
May29

Secure Text Message Service Improves Response Times at Chicago Cardiology Institute

The Chicago Cardiology Institute, a leading healthcare provider offering treatment for cardiovascular and peripheral vascular diseases, has implemented a new secure text message service that allows its nurses, physicians and other healthcare staff to communicate in a timely and efficient manner, without running the risk of violating data privacy and security legislation. HIPAA Prohibits the Transmission of PHI over Insecure Networks   The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) places a number of restrictions on healthcare providers to ensure patient privacy is protected and Protected Health Information (PHI) is secured. HIPAA does not permit the transmission of PHI over insecure networks; meaning pagers, Smartphones and other mobile devices cannot be used to communicate PHI, unless the data is first encrypted. Healthcare providers wanting to improve communication between care teams, and speed up the exchange of healthcare information, must implement a system to secure communications. One of the most efficient and easiest ways to do this is to use a secure text...

Read More
Fortinet Launches FortiGuard Mobile Subscription Service
May28

Fortinet Launches FortiGuard Mobile Subscription Service

Businesses that allow employees to use their own devices at work under BYOD schemes face challenges blocking threats from those devices. They lack visibility and often struggle to control mobile traffic. Wireless networks are becoming more popular in business environments and industry experts predict the popularity of wireless networks will continue to grow. Ultimately, wireless networks will dominate wired networks in enterprises. However, wireless networks pose security risks and security protections must be implemented to identity and block threats. Fortinet has now developed a solution that will improve both visibility and threat protection on wireless networks, especially for personally owned mobile devices used at work under BYOD schemes. The FortiGuard Mobile Security Service offers mobile malware protection and mobile application control for all Apple IOS and Android devices that connect to wireless networks. The FortiGuard Mobile Security Service offers threat protection through Fortinet’s global threat intelligence service, which supplies threat intelligence on both...

Read More
Raytheon Acquires Websense in $1.9 Billion Deal
Apr20

Raytheon Acquires Websense in $1.9 Billion Deal

Raytheon, a major U.S defense contractor, has announced it is to acquire Websense Inc from Vista Equity Partners in a deal reported to be worth $1.9 billion. The deal is expected to add an additional 20,000 commercial customers to Raytheon’s portfolio and is expected to close at the end of Q2, 2015. Over the past couple of years there has been a significant increase in cyberattacks on organizations of all sizes from SMBs to multi-national corporations. The increase in frequency of attacks and the level of sophistication of the attackers requires advanced defenses to be deployed to keep networks and data secure. The recent high-profile attacks have prompted many firms to commit more funds to cybersecurity. MarketsandMarkets has estimated there will be an increase of $60 billion in cybersecurity spending over the next four years, and Raytheon is poised to take advantage. Websense has developed Internet security technology for enterprises and governments to protect against web-based threats and block data theft and keep systems and endpoints free from malware. Those solutions will be...

Read More
Faster Delivery of Lab Test Results Achieved by Pathology, Inc.
Apr15

Faster Delivery of Lab Test Results Achieved by Pathology, Inc.

Privately owned pharmacies and laboratories are covered by HIPAA Rules, and they must therefore ensure that all Protected Health Information (PHI) stored and transmitted, is appropriately secured, with the security measures used dictated by the standards laid down in the HIPAA Security Rule. The privacy of patients must be assured at all times. Highly sensitive health information, such as medical test results, could cause patients to come to harm if accidentally disclosed to the wrong individuals. Efforts should therefore be made to ensure any transmission of data cannot be intercepted and read. To reduce the risk of HIPAA breaches, many laboratories stick to tried and tested delivery methods, and accept there will be a delay in data reaching physicians. Some companies have risen to the challenge, and now ensure faster delivery of lab test results by utilizing new technology. They have leveraged Smartphones to coordinate patient care more efficiently and ensure treatment to patients is provided more rapidly. This smart use of technology has allowed HIPAA-covered entities to improve...

Read More
TigerText Announces First Secure Messaging App for Apple Watch
Apr14

TigerText Announces First Secure Messaging App for Apple Watch

TigerText – the leading provider of secure messaging solutions for the healthcare industry – has today announced details for the first secure messaging app to be made available for the Apple Watch. From early next month, Apple Watch users will be able to take advantage of TigerText´s secure messaging capabilities in order to send and receive secure, encrypted messages from their wrist. TigerText for the Apple Watch will enable users to securely communicate with anyone hands-free, helping them save valuable time – especially in critical care settings. TigerText’s Apple Watch app brings all the benefits of the healthcare industry’s leading secure messaging app to the wrist. As with the TigerText apps for mobile device and desktop computers, users will be able to see when a message has been sent, delivered and read. The TigerText Apple Watch app will also have these key features: • Speech-to-Text: As an alternative to typing out a text message, users will be able to dictate to the app – which will then translate the words into text. • Receive Notifications and...

Read More
HTTPS Filtering Now Integrated into WebTitan
Mar27

HTTPS Filtering Now Integrated into WebTitan

The latest release of WebTitan´s web filtering solution has a number of new features – including advanced HTTPS filtering for sites using SSL inspection. WebTitan 5.00 allows IT administrators to easily monitor, control, and protect online users, and permits the creation of acceptable use policies that further safeguard your healthcare organization. The web filtering solution has been re-engineered to provide improved functionality, speed, and scalability; and – with the SSL inspection feature – now enables the blocking of individual pages on HTTPS websites that breach acceptable use policies. As more and more websites default to HTTPS and become SSL-enabled, the need to be able to analyze encrypted SSL traffic has become critical. With the SSL inspection feature enabled in WebTitan 5.0, in addition to filtering HTTPS URLs, the content is decrypted, examined, and – if acceptable – re-encrypted and forwarded to the client. This enables administrators to decrypt SSL traffic for specific domains and scan it for policy compliance and the presence of...

Read More
How Providence Anesthesiology Leveraged Smartphones to Improve Communication with Field Staff
Nov18

How Providence Anesthesiology Leveraged Smartphones to Improve Communication with Field Staff

Healthcare providers have a challenge ahead of them if they are to improve communication with field staff and other mobile workers; how to do so without exposing patient data and violating HIPAA Rules. Providence Anesthesiology Associates opted to use a secure messaging platform to help stay in touch with critical members of the care team, and is now reaping the rewards. Communicating with mobile workers and field staff is convenient, fast and easy via Smartphones; whether they are owned by an employee under a BYOD scheme, or provided by employers. However, ensuring communications remain HIPAA-compliant is difficult. PHI cannot be transmitted via insecure channels, meaning standard communication methods available through mobile devices cannot be used. If PHI is to be transmitted via an insecure channel, HIPAA requires the data to first be encrypted. To ensure remote workers do not inadvertently violate HIPAA Rules by using insecure channels to communicate PHI, HIPAA –covered entities should consider using a HIPAA-compliant text message platform that will allow the transmission of...

Read More
Leading Texas Hospice Embraces Secure Messaging
Oct08

Leading Texas Hospice Embraces Secure Messaging

The Solaris Hospice is one of the largest palliative care providers in the Southwest – operating from sixteen locations to provide care and support for more than four hundred patients each day. The hospice´s 150 physicians and nurses work in a vast rural area in which effective communication is a must in order to maintain the organization´s reputation as a healthcare leader among the communities it serves. One of the biggest issues experienced by the organization was maintaining the integrity of its client´s protected healthcare information (PHI) while its workforce was distributed throughout the community. Following the enactment of new regulations within the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), all PHI now has to be encrypted and monitored when it is at rest or in transit. The new regulations mean that “traditional” methods of communicating patient data – such as SMS and email – are effectively outlawed, and this created an issue for community nurses who wanted to escalate patient concerns to the organization´s medical team or send images...

Read More
TigerText Announces Free Healthcare Communications Webinar Entitled “Ask the Experts”
May14

TigerText Announces Free Healthcare Communications Webinar Entitled “Ask the Experts”

TigerText has announced it will be hosting a free healthcare communications webinar in which former HHS regulator Adam Greene will be discussing best practices for implementing a HIPAA-compliant mobile communications strategy. “Ask the Experts: Tips for a HIPAA Compliant Mobile Strategy” has been designed to address the security and mobility challenges faced by healthcare organizations striving to comply with the requirements of the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules. During the discussion, former Health and Human Services regulator and attorney focused on health information privacy and security – Adam Greene – will advise attendees of tips and best practices to adopt in order to equip their medical facilities with a HIPAA compliant mobile strategy. The event will provide an opportunity for participants to learn from Greene’s in-depth expertise on healthcare rules and regulations. Greene will explain how to evaluate security risks, how to protect PHI from data breaches and unauthorized access, and provide insight on how to develop a secure and effective enterprise...

Read More
TigerText Offers Healthcare Organizations a $1 Million Guarantee against HIPAA Violations
Mar31

TigerText Offers Healthcare Organizations a $1 Million Guarantee against HIPAA Violations

TigerText has announced the company will indemnify healthcare organizations using its secure messaging app against fines imposed for violations of the technical safeguards in the HIPAA Security Rule. TigerText is one of the leading providers of secure messaging solutions for the healthcare industry. Using the TigerText secure messaging app, healthcare providers are able to quickly communicate Protected Health Information (PHI) from any desktop computer or mobile device without violating HIPAA regulations. TigerText enables healthcare organizations to embrace secure messaging as an alternative to unsecure channels of communication such as SMS and email; and the company is so confident in the compliance levels of its secure messaging app that it is offering a guarantee of up to $1 million against fines imposed for violations of the technical safeguards in the HIPAA Security Rule. Speaking about the TigerText compliance guarantee, the company´s co-founder and SEO – Brad Brooks – said: “At TigerText our number one priority is to keep patient data safe. It is imperative that...

Read More
Gold and Silver Info Security PG Global Excellence Awards for Fortinet FortiGate Platform
Mar07

Gold and Silver Info Security PG Global Excellence Awards for Fortinet FortiGate Platform

It has been a good day for Fortinet at the Info Security Products Guide Global Excellence Awards, with the company collecting a gold and silver award for its UTM and next generation firewalls. Fortinet was awarded the gold medal for its FortiGate-140D-POE Unified Threat Management appliance in the Integrated Security and Unified Threat Management category, and a Silver award for the FortiGate-240D in the Firewall category. The Info Security PG Awards, now in their 10th year, celebrate the best IT and security vendors and their ground-breaking products and security solutions. The prestigious awards are highly coveted with award winners confirmed as having products that set the bar higher for the competition. A panel of 50 expert judges assesses each product on a wide range of criteria, with the scores aggregated to determine the winner in each category.  The winners of this year’s awards were announced at a glittering ceremony in San Francisco on February 24, 2014, attended by finalists, judges, and industry peers. The FortiGate-240D – and the 200D series – are mid-range network...

Read More
EdgeWave Launches New Cloud-Based Web Security Solution
Jan30

EdgeWave Launches New Cloud-Based Web Security Solution

EdgeWave has announced the launch of its new enterprise-class web security solution – Cloud Endpoint Security. The web security solution has been developed for enterprise users to secure their endpoints by blocking advanced persistent threats, viruses, ransomware, malware and botnets. The solution can also be configured to block categories of web content that is unacceptable for use in the workplace. There are massive benefits to be gained from allowing end users to access the Internet, although Internet access is far from risk free. Organizations that allow Internet access need to manage risk effectively, which means the use of security solutions that can block access to malicious web content. The new cloud-based web security solution allows enterprises to carefully control the types of web content that employees can access, while blocking a wide-range of web based threats. The solution can be used to protect users and their devices while connected to on premise and off premise networks, creating a safe browsing environment with close to zero latency. The solution is idea...

Read More
AV-Comparatives Rates FortiGuard Top Security Product with Full Marks for Anti-Phishing and Malware Removal
Jan27

AV-Comparatives Rates FortiGuard Top Security Product with Full Marks for Anti-Phishing and Malware Removal

AV-Comparatives has given Fortinet’s FortiGuard full marks in its recent December Summary Report 2013. The Fortinet Advanced Threat Protection (APT) technology was given top marks (3 stars) for anti-phishing, proactive catch rate, file detection, malware removal, and its real-world test. For the report, AV-Comparatives assessed FortiGuard along with 21 other antivirus products for their ability to block malicious software without preventing legitimate content from being accessed. The assessments took place over the course of the year. AV-Comparatives publishes the findings of its research in its annual report and highlights the products that have performed the best and achieved the highest scores across all of the test areas. The reports help businesses choose the most effective anti-virus products. All of the 21 products under test achieved reasonable and acceptable scores in all test areas, although some products provided outstanding protection. Those products were recognized and give awards. AV-Comparatives CEO and Founder Andreas Clementi explained that not all of the products...

Read More
Fortinet Launches FG 280D POE Targeting Smaller Business Networks
Jan13

Fortinet Launches FG 280D POE Targeting Smaller Business Networks

Fortinet has launched a new network security appliance for SMBs and smaller network operations – the FortiGate FG 280D POE. The appliance delivers security for wired and wireless networks, providing comprehensive threat protection through the firewall, VPN, antispam, web filtering, intrusion prevention, data loss prevention, dynamic routing for IPv4 and IPv6, application control, endpoint NAC, and SSL-encrypted traffic inspection. The 84-port device is well suited to organizations with relatively small networks such as small healthcare facilities and retail outlets. Even though considerably smaller than many of its other appliances, it is still a powerful high port density device with firewall throughput of 4GBps, 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+, and the capability to handle 3.2 million concurrent sessions. The appliance can help organizations cut out some of the complexity of current systems and eliminate costs. Multiple devices can be connected and managed through PoE ports on the FortiGate appliance, as Fortinet VP of product marketing explained, “By integrating the flexibility of...

Read More
Next Gen Secure Enterprise Messaging App Great News for HIPAA Covered Entities
Apr23

Next Gen Secure Enterprise Messaging App Great News for HIPAA Covered Entities

A next generation secure enterprise messaging app has recently been released, offering HIPAA-covered entities a fast, convenient and secure method of communicating. The real time messaging app has all of the required security features to ensure HIPAA-compliant text messages can be sent quickly, easily, and 100% securely. Communication Problems in the Healthcare Industry   Hackers, malicious insiders, and thieves are trying to obtain healthcare data from HIPAA-Covered entities (CEs); and many are succeeding. The use of Smartphones and other mobile devices has caused concern, as the units are difficult to effectively secure. HIPAA places a number of demands on healthcare providers and other CEs to ensure Protected Health Information (PHI) is kept secure and confidential. There are mandatory data security requirements detailed in the HIPAA Security Rule, and many addressable areas, which ensure that healthcare providers achieve an acceptable standard of data security. Under HIPAA Rules, PHI cannot be sent via insecure networks unless it has been encrypted or deidentified. SMS, and the...

Read More