Did you hear about the company that was fined $2.5 million by the feds as a result of a HIPAA breach penalty? A laptop with protected health information for approximately 1,400 patients was stolen. Unfortunately, the computer was not protected with the safeguards required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). As a result, electronic protected health information (ePHI) was compromised.
Although threats to business data are everywhere—think ransomware, hard drive failure, theft, user error, and more—you can prevent data loss (and avoid fines for non-compliance!) by backing up your data and ensuring that your backups are occurring on a regular basis.
First, let’s consider some of the threats. Next, let’s briefly discuss how Mozy can help you prevent a data disaster.
What could possibly go wrong?
If any of the following questions cause you want to change the subject or you’re just not sure of a proper course of action, be sure to read the next section!
• What would you do if your laptop were stolen? Do you have a process in place that allows you to recover your data?
• What would you do if your hard drive failed and you could no longer access the data on your computer?
• What would you do if you spilled coffee on your laptop and it suddenly died as a result?
• What would you do if you logged on to your desktop and saw a ransomware message indicating that your files were locked and demanding a bitcoin ransom in return for a decryption key to allow you to regain access to your data?
• Do you handle ePHI, and do you know if that information is in compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule?
Prevent a data disaster
I just didn’t expect that
Maybe your laptop was stolen during a business trip, or maybe you forgot you placed it on the roof of your car while searching for your keys and then drove off. Maybe you liquidated your laptop with a large latte. Or maybe your hard drive just failed. With the Mozy backup service you can use Mozy’s restore manager to download all of your files (to your new computer!) from the safety of the Mozy cloud.
“Your personal files are encrypted! Pay!”
The last thing anyone wants to see on their computer screen is a message like, “Your personal files are encrypted! Pay!” In the event that your computer is infected by ransomware, Mozy offers a second line of defense. Mozy ensures that backups are frequent and reliable, so in the event of a ransomware attack, you can recover data to a point in time prior to the attack.
ePHI and HIPAA
If your business handles ePHI, you have a legal obligation to keep that information confidential and protected from those not authorized to view it. Mozy safeguards ePHI with strong encryption (which includes a required encryption key); your data is encrypted during backup and at rest. Your corporate encryption key or personal encryption key is known only by you.
We’ve got your back (up)
Using enterprise-grade encryption, Mozy protects the data you rely on to keep your business up and running and allows you to recover lost, damaged, or stolen data quickly. (A note about ransomware: It’s important to remember that simple backup is not enough to ensure your files are protected from ransomware. Mozy keeps up to one year of file versions. If you have identified the point of infection and the time the malware was introduced to the computer, Mozy can restore all of the files for the given user from the point in time just before the malware was introduced.)
For more information, visit Mozy by Dell.