IT managers are facing growing responsibilities for regulatory compliance as stated by PCI, HIPAA, and SOX. These regulations also apply to wireless equipment and organizations are struggling to find a cost-efficient way to secure complex infrastructure.
U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996. The law is meant to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation’s healthcare system by encouraging the widespread use of electronic data interchange in the U.S. healthcare system. HIPAA also addresses the security and privacy of patient records. Furthermore, it describes the responsibility of healthcare providers and insurance companies to protect the privacy of patients’ records.
Mobility has already had tremendous impact on the healthcare industry, and the potential is huge. By putting the right information in the hands of caregivers and other healthcare workers, mobility can help increase efficiency, productivity, and patient safety. Likewise, information that ends up in the wrong hands can lead to/result in devastating consequences.
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
The PCI DSS was developed by the major credit card companies as a guideline to help organizations that process card payments prevent credit card fraud, cracking, and various other security vulnerabilities and threats. A company processing, storing, or transmitting card payment data must be PCI DSS compliant or risk losing its ability to process credit card payments, being audited, and/or fined.
The widespread use of wireless technology in retail stores has created new business opportunities with a positive impact on the bottom line; however, it has also opened new doors for hackers. The wireless infrastructure is often poorly secured and can, in a nightmare scenario, become the network’s weakest link and a launching pad for hackers to obtain access to the corporate network and customers’ credit card data. Recent data security breaches have compromised tens of millions of customers’ financial records, putting pressure on the retail industry to tighten up security and comply with the PCI standard.
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX)
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), also known as the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002, is a United States federal law enacted on July 30, 2002, in response to a number of major corporate and accounting scandals. The legislation establishes new or enhanced standards for all U.S. public company boards, management, and public accounting firms. It does not apply to privately held companies.
The SOX Act does not call for any specific security features or functionality, but it does require that appropriate internal controls be in place to contain and detect fraud (section 404). And it requires a company CFO and CEO to sign off on those controls as part of the periodic reporting process (section 302).
Columbitech and IT Compliance
The Columbitech Mobile VPN offers the following features that enable secure remote access and mobility in compliance with HIPAA, PCI, and SOX:
- Strong end-to-end encryption protects all data in motion, all the way from the connecting device to the enterprise system behind the firewall.
- Two-factor or multifactor authentication requires both the sender and recipient to identify themselves before exchanging any data, thereby protecting against unauthorized access and phishing.
- Protects both LAN and wireless connections, including Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
- Provides secure remote access for wired desktop computers as well as laptop computers, tablet PCs, and PDAs, ensuring both the privacy and integrity of all information.
- Offers protection of legacy equipment with a safe migration path to future platforms.
- A centralized reporting tool called the Columbitech Management Server tracks all network events and automates audit requirements for businesses that are under pressure to meet compliance regulations.