Just consider the following three cases: Advocate Health Care experienced the second biggest HIPAA data breach in the nation after four unencrypted laptops were stolen from its facility, compromising the personal health information of more than 4 million people; Concentra Health Services had an unencrypted laptop stolen from its Springfield Missouri Physical Therapy facility; QCA Health Plan reported that an unencrypted laptop containing files on 148 people was stolen from a worker’s car. 

The objective of encryption is to provide confidentiality protection for information. Since encryption is now provided either out-of-the-box or through add-on products, this no- or low-cost solution can significantly reduce the likelihood of breaches from occurring on mobile devices.  Encryption is available and enabled by default on iPhones, iPads and Windows Phone 8 and RT devices. It’s also built into BlackBerry and Android devices. BitLocker Drive Encryption became available in 2009 as part of the Windows 7 operating system. 

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