When a healthcare worker’s notebook PC containing electronic medical data is lost or stolen, the results can be catastrophic. Failure to protect sensitive patient data violates stringent health care regulations and can lead to notification penalties with high financial and reputation costs, and can erode patient trust in the healthcare provider. Using Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT), available on notebooks with Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors, mitigates these risks considerably by detecting loss or theft of a notebook and protecting its data. Intel AT adds value to full-disk encryption by protecting data even when encryption keys are weak or compromised. Principled Technologies tested the asset and data protection capabilities of Intel AT, as part of a Defense in Depth Strategy,1 and found that it boosts healthcare organizations’ ability to protect against data theft and loss, to comply with healthcare security rules.
Intel evaluated theft detection and response using three notebooks and one tablet, all with 2010 Intel Core vPro processors secured with Intel AT. Intel AT’s hardware-based theft detection, response, and recovery mechanisms require activation with a service subscription from an Intel AT-enabled software and theft-management service provider. For these tests, Intel used Computrace® Complete security software by Absolute® Software. We conducted four test scenarios involving a range of ways that Intel AT can respond to theft and restore data access to the rightful owner of a notebook after its return.
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