Governor Christie passes data encryption law (and is pardoned by DataMotion)

When it comes to securing private health information, DataMotion (a NJ-based corporation) has long advocated the use of encryption – both for data in motion, and for data at rest. There is no more effective way to gird against data breach and HIPAA compliance audits. And as our tagline states – it’s a fast, smart and easy thing to do.

It seems that New Jersey’s Governor is in violent agreement with us private sector folk on this (although we are clearly not seeing eye-to-eye on where to pledge pro-football allegiance – the Cowboys – really)?!

Yesterday, Governor Christie signed a law requiring health insurance carriers to protect certain information – either by encryption or “by any other method or technology rendering it unreadable, undecipherable, or otherwise unusable by an unauthorized person”. That information being: “Personal information” – further defined as an individual’s first name or first initial and last name linked with any one or more of the following data elements:

  1. Social Security number;
  2. Driver’s license number, or state identification card number;
  3. address; or
  4. Identifiable health information.

This is also known as PHI (protected health information) or PII (personally identifiable information), both valuable commodities on the black market.  Effective August 1, 2015, the legislation can be viewed in all its glory here.

So what prompted this change in legislation? The rising number of data breaches in the state of New Jersey, including the 2013 Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey data breach that affected 840,000 individuals.

While DataMotion is focused on securely delivering sensitive data (aka – data in motion), we are connected with some outstanding organizations that provide the complementary security and encryption of data at rest – and we look forward to helping all organizations in the healthcare industry increase their protection against the rising threat of data breach, non-compliance fines and protecting their good reputations.

And on behalf of the Giants, Jets and even the Eagles fans in our New Jersey HQ – by enacting this data encryption law – we hereby pardon New Jersey’s Governor Christie for being a Cowboys fan. 🙂

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