Full Disk Encryption for HIPAA Protected Computers

Posted on November 5, 2010 I Written By

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UPDATE: Based on the comments, it seems like TrueCrypt is a nice free open source option for encryption. Some others were mentioned as well.

In all of the various HIPAA violations I’ve read about, they almost always blame some lack of encryption on the violation. In most of those cases it’s a laptop or other mobile device that should have had disk encryption that didn’t.

The problem I have with disk encryption is that I’m not familiar with any really easy to implement, but effective solutions for doing full disk encryption on a device.

I’m not talking about enterprise encryption. I’m talking about encryption that can work in the small or even solo medical practice. Not to mention at the small clinic price point too.

If you know of a solution, I’d love to hear about it.