Vormetric Encryption helps Delta Dental of Missouri be a ‘good ombudsman’ of patients’ data.
After rejecting multiple vendors, Mudra’s team brought in Vormetric to demonstrate Vormetric Data Security. "We were very impressed," he explains. "Vormetric Encryption gave us the policy-based approach we needed, and it didn’t matter if we were running Microsoft Windows or Linux, handling files or folders, storing data in a SQL database or dealing with a storage area network. The data-centric approach took care of all our issues and didn’t require users to do anything different, which was a huge positive for us."
Delta Dental of Missouri has a lean IT infrastructure team, and one of Mudra’s concerns was the burden of an overly demanding installation process. The staff spent about half a day doing pre-installation planning and opted to deploy file-level encryption. A Vormetric consultant was engaged for two days to train the team onsite, while completing encryption of the development environment. Installation was staged over three weekends, and the team was able to handle the last two installations without assistance.
Mudra says: "You define everything and set it up, and it does what you need without any headache. As always, we planned for the worst, but this time got the best. It was one of the easiest implementations from decision to production that I’ve experienced. I expected a painful install; thank goodness it was painless."
After originally struggling to find a solution to support HIPAA compliance, Mudra has been pleased with Vormetric. He comments: "The encryption overhead is pretty close to zero. Back-up windows increased a little, however as that isn’t part of the user experience, it’s a good tradeoff for the protection. Most importantly, our users have no idea that each data request is coming and going to an encrypted source. My team is impressed with how self-sufficient the Vormetric appliances are: If we ever need to take one offline, we have automatic failover to the other. The management of those devices is very straightforward too, as the appliances handle the majority of activities for us. The Vormetric Data Security solution has supported everything we’ve wanted it to do. We’re all very happy with the choice."
Mudra concludes: "For us, the protection we now have is definitely worth the investment. By comparison, a single fine for failing to be HIPAA compliant would be much greater per occurrence than our total investment to date. With Vormetric Encryption, it’s so nice to be able to set-it-and-forget-it and be assured of our compliance. It’s perfect for us because it is platform agnostic, so I have no worries that as our infrastructure evolves, it will scale with us."