Sophos Joins Legal, Technology, and Security Experts Panel to Discuss Healthcare and Texas Data Protection Laws

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Hands-On Workshop Aims to Help Healthcare Providers Better Understand State Mandates to Achieve Compliance

 Texas State
Sophos Discusses Texas Data Protection Laws

BOSTON - October 18, 2010 - IT security and data protection firm Sophos today announced that it will join legal firm Vickery, Waldner & Mallia, LLP, consultancy SixWeight, and Chief Information Security Officer Amar Yousif from a Houston-based university focusing primarily on health sciences in a panel discussion on Healthcare and Texas Data Protection Laws on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 from 9:00am - 11:00am, in the Paul F. Waldner Courtroom at Vickery, Waldner & Mallia, LLP in Houston, Texas.

Recent changes to information security and health care industry regulations have put increased pressure on Texas business in the healthcare industry, or that are affiliated with those companies, to comply with the new mandates. These changes are intended to prompt companies to do a better job at protecting patient personal and healthcare information. The effects of a data breach in the healthcare industry are far reaching as patients and clients lose more than personal healthcare information (PHI) - their sensitive and private medical information also becomes fodder for identity theft, medical billing fraud and other criminal schemes. The results can be financially debilitating and can negatively impact an organization's credibility.

To help organizations who work directly or indirectly with those in the healthcare industry gain better insight into the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), Texas Data Protection Laws, and the steps involved to achieve compliancy, Sophos has assembled a panel of legal, technology, and security experts.

Attendees will learn what types of information must be protected and how encryption plays a vital role in safeguarding sensitive information. Panelists will also discuss the responsibilities of organizations and their business partners' when it comes to protecting personal identifiable information (PII), the ramifications and responsibility if they fail to safeguard this data, and why organizations need a written information security plan (WISP).

Sophos offers simplified encryption and data leakage solutions at the endpoint and email gateway and a more advanced, multi-layered endpoint data security encryption and data leakage prevention (DLP) solution that secure desktops, laptops, removable media and other portable devices.

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