Sunday, December 11, 2011

Attaining Security Milestone

Today, there are growing issues related to mHealth security and how healthcare organizations can overcome the challenges. The technology underpinning Diversinet’s MobiSecurity® applications supporting mobile healthcare has passed a security key milestone on the way toward earning a governmental stamp of approval for safeguarding highly sensitive patient information.

Diversinet’s technology has been placed on an important list that qualifies and evaluates the technology for how stringently it can protect patient records and mobile correspondence via secret encoding of information.

The company’s implementations of the cryptographic algorithms already have been successfully validated by NIST in the US. As a result, the Java cryptographic modules used in MobiSecure are now on a list for the Federal Information Processing Standards Publication (FIPS) 140-2 Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules specifying the requirements used to protect sensitive information.

The Cryptographic Module Validation Program the accreditation program validating cryptographic modules is a joint effort between NIST and the Communications Security Establishment in Canada.

Cryptographic modules validated through the program are subjected to rigorous testing by independent and accredited Cryptographic Module Testing Laboratories. FIPS-2 validation is particularly important for government agencies, medical device manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies to achieve since validation is required for any cryptographic product to be used in a U.S. government agency network.

Diversinet’s inclusion in FIPS 140-2 is very important since the organization provides patented and proven secure products to enable healthcare organization to rapidly deploy HIPAA-compliant mobile health applications to anyone, anytime, and anywhere, on mobile devices

“Our inclusion in FIPS 140-2 reaffirms that the technology underlying our MobiSecure mHealth application meets stringent government requirements for storing and sharing sensitive personal health information via mobile devices,” said Albert Wahbe, Diversinet Chairman and CEO.

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