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Health Care Solutions Provider Payformance Health Standardizes on PGP Encryption for Data Security
Date:1/31/2008

Scalable PGP Encryption Platform Protects Sensitive Customer Health Care

Data on Laptops and Desktops

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- PGP Corporation, a global leader in enterprise data protection, today announced that Payformance Health, a division of the Payformance(R) Corporation, the nation's leading provider of Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) services, has standardized on the PGP(R) Encryption Platform. The company is deploying PGP(R) Whole Disk Encryption to protect sensitive customer health care data that is accessed and viewed on corporate laptops or stored on hard drives. Payformance Health is centrally managing the deployment with PGP Universal(TM) Server.

The Challenge

In 2006, after witnessing other companies' highly publicized data breaches due to loss and theft, Payformance Health's senior management and IT team decided to strengthen corporate data security by encrypting all the company's hard drives. In addition to securing sensitive health care data to protect its reputation and safeguard its customers' trust, the company also needed to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) plus breach notification laws, including California Senate Bill 1386. Although privately held companies such as Payformance Health are not subject to the Sarbanes-Oxley or Gramm-Leach-Bliley regulations, they must adhere to those controls to support their publicly held customers' audit requirements.

The Solution

The company's previous encryption solution required labor-intensive, desktop-by-desktop management. According to George Betancourt, Payformance Health's IT director and security official, "When we realized that encrypting all the hard drives would require the physical handling of more than 100 systems, we started looking at what other products were available."

The company's security consultant and integrator, Acuity Solutions, recommended PGP(R) encryption and provided product information plus customer references. "PGP Whole Disk Encryption is a very mature and well-designed solution," says Betancourt, "and I was sold on the ability to centrally manage the deployment with PGP Universal Server."

Payformance Health engaged PGP(R) Professional Services to work with the IT team responsible for installing the PGP solution. Although the IT staff had to manually decrypt and uninstall the previous encryption product from every system, they were able to streamline deployment of the new solution by using Microsoft(R) SMS to remotely push PGP Whole Disk Encryption from their workstations to the desktop. Payformance Health also integrated PGP Universal Server with Microsoft Active Directory(R), thereby leveraging its existing system to manage users and take advantage of the single sign-on capabilities in PGP Whole Disk Encryption.

About PGP Whole Disk Encryption

PGP Whole Disk Encryption allows organizations to address compliance and mitigate risk by encrypting files with centrally managed full disk encryption. All files on protected drives are encrypted, including temporary, swap, and system files. PGP Whole Disk Encryption integrates with an organization's existing infrastructure, streamlining deployment as well as ongoing management and operation. PGP Whole Disk Encryption also integrates with Microsoft Active Directory to automate user enrollment and manage encryption policy.

About the PGP Encryption Platform

Based on a unified key management and policy infrastructure, the PGP Encryption Platform offers the broadest set of integrated applications for enterprise data security. The platform enables organizations to meet current needs and expand as security requirements evolve for email, laptops, desktops, instant messaging, PDAs, FTP, file transfers, automated processes, backups, and shared files on network storage. By implementing the PGP Encryption Platform, organizations can reduce security infrastructure complexity, lower maintenance costs, and realize a strong return on investment.

About Payformance Health

Payformance is the industry's most innovative provider of Electronic Funds Transfer and Electronic Remittance Advice solutions. Its flagship product, PaySpan Health, builds on the company's more than 20 years of experience in developing payment solutions to meet the needs of healthcare organizations and corporations. By automating the last phase of the healthcare claims process -- payment and remittance -- PaySpan Health optimizes funds transfer and remittance delivery and brings the promise of HIPAA administrative simplification to reality. Learn more at http://www.payformancehealth.com.

About PGP Corporation

PGP Corporation is a global leader in email and data encryption software for enterprise data protection. Based on a unified key management and policy infrastructure, the PGP(R) Encryption Platform offers the broadest set of integrated applications for enterprise data security. PGP(R) platform-enabled applications allow organizations to meet current needs and expand as security requirements evolve for email, laptops, desktops, instant messaging, PDAs, network storage, file transfers, automated processes, and backups.

PGP(R) solutions are used by more than 80,000 enterprises, businesses, and governments worldwide, including 95 percent of the Fortune(R) 100, 75 percent of the Fortune(R) Global 100, 87 percent of the German DAX index, and 51 percent of the U.K. FTSE 100 Index. As a result, PGP Corporation has earned a global reputation for innovative, standards-based, and trusted solutions. PGP solutions help protect confidential information, secure customer data, achieve regulatory and audit compliance, and safeguard companies' brands and reputations. Contact PGP Corporation at http://www.pgp.com or +1 650 319 9000.

Media & analyst contact for PGP Corporation:

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rice@merittgrp.com

PGP and the PGP logo are registered trademarks of PGP Corporation. Product and brand names used in the document may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Any such trademarks or registered trademarks are the sole property of their respective owners.


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