SOURCE: GuardianEdge

GuardianEdge

April 29, 2009 08:03 ET

Highmark Inc. Selects GuardianEdge to Protect Sensitive Healthcare and Company Information

Leading Health Insurer Relies on GuardianEdge Hard Disk Encryption Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2009) - GuardianEdge, the leader in endpoint data protection, today announced that Highmark Inc., one of the largest health insurers in the United States, has selected GuardianEdge hard disk encryption technology to secure all of the organization's laptops as well as desktops designed for off-site work. The devices are outfitted with GuardianEdge solutions to ensure the security of customers' Personal Health Information (PHI) and to safeguard confidential company data.

"We selected GuardianEdge because their solutions are compliant with the regulatory mandates that we face at both the federal and state levels," said Ray Hricik, senior desktop architect at Highmark. "We have sensitive information concerning the consumers that we serve and our business traveling electronically throughout our organization and to remote locations every day. We knew we needed hard disk encryption technology because we needed to be confident that the information was safe in the event of a lost or stolen device."

Highmark serves 4.6 million people in Pennsylvania through the company's healthcare benefits business. The volume of sensitive information processed through the Highmark IT infrastructure necessitated that the chosen security solution must be able to work with the company's current automated software distribution methods without requiring user intervention. GuardianEdge solutions make use of accepted, industry-standard enterprise software architecture and technologies, reducing the learning curve for IT managers and creating a more manageable environment with easy troubleshooting and shortened deployment times.

Hricik will be participating in an eSeminar on May 7, 2009 to detail the implementation of GuardianEdge endpoint data protection software at Highmark. Titled "Healthcare Data Protection: The Top 5 Security Compliance Requirements All Providers and Insurers Must Meet," the eSeminar will also discuss the future of healthcare data security in light of recent legislation. For more information or to register for the event, please click here.

Highmark Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of the independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. Based in Pittsburgh, the company aims to provide access to affordable, quality healthcare, enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. The company contributes millions of dollars to help keep quality healthcare programs affordable and to support community-based programs that work to improve people's lives.

About GuardianEdge

GuardianEdge, the leader in endpoint data protection for the enterprise, offers award-winning solutions to protect sensitive data on end-user devices including laptops, desktops, portable storage devices and smartphones. GuardianEdge products offer a breadth of encryption, port, device and file type control technologies while establishing a market-leading position in solving the operational issues of deployment, management, scalability, reporting, auditing and user productivity at the lowest possible total cost. Millions of users worldwide depend on the EAL 4 certified, enterprise-software standards-based GuardianEdge Data Protection Platform to safeguard confidential or proprietary information, to ensure compliance with regulations for maintaining consumer privacy and to enable secure enterprise mobility.

GuardianEdge data protection solutions have been deployed by leading organizations including Lockheed Martin Corporation, Lincoln Financial Group, and The Hertz Corporation as well as numerous government agencies including the U.S. departments of Veteran Affairs, Defense, Energy, State and Education and the California Department of Healthcare Services. For additional information, please visit: http://www.guardianedge.com/.

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