St. John’s Hospital Cures Security Headaches with Spectra Bluescale Encryption

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 Spectra Libraries with BlueScale Encryption Help Hospital IT Meet HIPAA Regulations

BOULDER, Colo., April 3, 2007—Spectra Logic, the data storage innovator, today announced that new customer St. John’s Hospital purchased the Spectra® T950 and T120 libraries with BlueScale Encryption Professional Edition to secure all backed up data that leaves the hospital. St. John’s will now encrypt all data sent offsite; because encrypted data is considered irretrievable without the keys, this protects the data from unauthorized use and the hospital from violating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements and associated legal fall-out.


St. John’s Hospital electronic data includes patient medical records, e-mail, active directory settings and other business data. HIPAA requires healthcare institutions to store and protect patient records by implementing standards and requirements for the electronic transmission, storage, and destruction of personal health information. With BlueScale Encryption, St. John’s hospital is also caring for data about its patients (Protected Health Information—PHI), as mandated by HIPAA.


“The BlueScale Encryption software launched Spectra Logic to the top of our vendor list,” said Chad Goldhammer, network facilitator at St. John’s Hospital, who recommended the Spectra purchase.  “No other tape library had integrated AES-256 bit encryption— and more importantly, simple key management tools—which are both crucial to St. John’s Hospital for HIPAA requirements and easy IT administration.”


Spectra Logic’s AES-256 bit hardware-based encryption is the only truly integrated encryption for data stored on tape and other removable media. Users can seamlessly and affordably add encryption to the backup strategy– with no changes to backup policies and no additional hardware or software. In a single step, you can encrypt, compress and back up data. Because encryption is hardware-based, it minimally affects backup windows, and it doesn’t burden the network. Managing encryption and the keys used to encrypt data is simple, because it’s handled through the library’s graphic interface—on the web and on the front panel.


“Many healthcare organizations have or plan to transition their processes from paper to electronic, such as patient record keeping, and are converting diagnostic tools such as x-rays and scans to digital format,” said Hossein ZiaShakeri, SVP of strategic marketing and business development. “While these newer processes improve efficiency, they produce even more data that must be stored, retained, protected, secured and backed up. Spectra Logic products meet all these healthcare-industry needs.”


“We felt that Spectra Logic was the industry leader in size, capacity and expandability,” Goldhammer added. “The Spectra Logic library has been rock solid since we implemented it.”


About Spectra Logic BlueScale Encryption

Spectra Logic was the first vendor to introduce hardware-based, AES-256 encryption in October 2005. Spectra Logic offers encryption in two editions. The Standard Edition is secure and easy to use, and is available free of charge. Pricing for the Professional Edition begins at $12,000. Encryption Pro offers extra layers of security, such as multiple passwords (M of N), supports the use of simultaneous, multiple keys on one library, and offers compression along with encryption.


About St. John’s Hospital.

Founded in 1875, St. John’s Hospital is a regional healthcare center serving Central and Southern Illinois. It is the largest hospital in downstate Illinois and one of the largest Catholic hospitals in the country. More than 600 physicians representing approximately 30 specialties and sub-specialties are on the hospital’s medical staff. St. John’s Hospital thoroughly understands and is expert in caring for patients. Visit for more information.


About Spectra Logic Corporation

Spectra Logic is the leading innovator in data archive and backup. We help customers all over the world protect data better with hardware and software products that enable users to reduce risk, lower cost and save time. Spectra Logic’s archive and backup products are designed specifically for secondary storage needs, are compatible with every major tape and disk format, and come with integrated encryption and key management options through the intuitive BlueScale operating system and management interface. The company’s tape, disk and encryption solutions are designed to evolve over time and make an excellent investment for IT managers who are projecting growth and planning for many years into the future. Since Spectra Logic was founded in 1979, several innovative creations and industry-first products have been introduced to the market, including: Archive and Backup Servers (nTier-2007); hardware-based, VTL encryption with compression (RXT-2006); hardware-based, library-enabled encryption with compression (BlueScale Encryption-2005); and integrated tape and disk in a single library (Spectra T950 with RXT-2004). Spectra Logic is changing the world of storage. For more information, contact Spectra Logic at (800) 833-1132.



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