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Molina Healthcare Deploys dataguise to Protect Personal Health Information

And help meet HIPAA compliance regulations

dataguise, a provider of security solutions for protecting sensitive data across the enterprise, today announced that Molina Healthcare has deployed dataguise dgmasker and dgdiscover in more than 100 training, development and testing environments. dataguise security products identify and mask the Personal Health Information (PHI) of Molina Healthcare's members and providers, protecting sensitive data and enabling the managed care organization to meet HIPAA compliance requirements.

Molina Healthcare is a multi-state managed care organization that arranges for the delivery of healthcare services to persons eligible for Medicaid, Medicare, and other government-sponsored programs for low-income families and individuals. Altogether, Molina Healthcare's licensed health plan subsidiaries in California, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Utah and Washington currently serve approximately 1.3 million members.

Prior to dataguise, Molina Healthcare was relying on an internally developed solution, which proved to be unreliable, difficult to maintain and required frequent adjustments. Since implementing the dataguise solutions, Molina Healthcare has eliminated the risk of exposure and access to its sensitive data while reducing the overhead needed for dedicated resources to manage and maintain the integrity of its database environments by 300 percent.

"As a healthcare organization that supports government programs, we are constantly receiving and storing highly sensitive data; a data breach would not only have a negative impact on customer satisfaction, but would also jeopardize our fulfilling HIPAA compliance standards," said Nitin Gotmare, director of IT for Molina Healthcare. "The dataguise technology desensitizes information so that a breach is not possible. With dgmasker and dgdiscover in place, we can provide our customers and members with peace of mind that their personal health information is safe and secure."

dataguise dgdiscover and dgmasker are designed to find structured database repositories across the network, search and discover sensitive data in structured databases, and then mask or de-identify to protect sensitive data. With dataguise, organizations have access to a single product that finds, searches and masks sensitive data across all databases throughout the enterprise. This allows organizations to create corporate masking policies for faster adherence to compliance regulations, lower risk of a data breach, and reduce reliance on cumbersome single database masking solutions. While most organizations have measures in place to control access to critical data in their production environments, this protection does not always extend to non-production data - an area addressed by dataguise.

"With dataguise, organizations are mitigating the risk of exposure that privacy data presents when moved outside the walls of a secure network environment and replacing manual or home-grown solutions that drain internal resources and endanger its compliance status," said Allan Thompson, Executive Vice President, Operations for dataguise. "By using our cross-platform sensitive data discovery and masking technology, organizations can implement a reliable, cost-effective solution that provides the highest level of data protection, satisfying the many compliance mandates currently in place surrounding privacy data."

About dataguise
dataguise offers automated and advanced data security solutions to help ensure regulatory compliance, protect against data theft, discover sensitive data and maintain data quality.  dgdiscover enables organizations to find structured database repositories across the network, search and discover sensitive data in structured databases.  dgmasker is then able to mask or de-identify to protect sensitive data. dgmasker provides secure masking of database content with unprecedented flexibility and functionality across heterogeneous environments.

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Joe Austin is Vice President, Client Relations, at Ventana Public Relations. He joined Ventana PR in 2006 with more than 14 years experience in high-tech strategic communications. His media relations experience spans both broadcast and print, and he maintains longstanding relationships with editors and reporters at business, IT, channel, and vertical publications. Austin's relationship with the media includes marquee outlets including CNN, BusinessWeek, USA Today, Bloomberg, and the Associated Press for clients ranging from startups to billion-dollar enterprises. Experience includes working with Maxell, McDATA (Acquired by Brocade), Center for Internet Security, Securent (Acquired by Cisco), Intrepidus Group/PhishMe, FireEye, Mimosa Systems, Xiotech, MOLI.com, EMC/Rainfinity, Spinnaker Networks (Acquired by NetApp), ONStor, Nexsan, Asigra, Avamar (Acquired by EMC), BakBone Software, Dot Hill, SANRAD, Open-E and others. With more than a decade of strategic planning, media tours, press conferences, and media/analyst relations for companies in the data storage, security, server virtualization, IT outsourcing and networking arenas, Austin's domain expertise assists in positioning clients for leadership. Austin was recently recognized as a “Top Tech Communicator” for the second year in a row by PRSourceCode. The editorial community – represented by more than 300 participating IT journalists – rated each winner based on best overall performance and recognized those who added the most value to their editorial processes in terms of responsiveness, reliability, and overall understanding of editorial needs.