Tennessee BlueCross Completes Enterprise-wide Encryption Project

By Kara Reeder | Jul 29, 2011 | Print this Page
Following a theft in 2009 in which 57 BlueCross BlueShield computer hard drives were stolen from a closet at a Chattanooga, Tenn., call center, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced that it has completed a multi-million-dollar project to encrypt all at-rest data, reports Computerworld. Says Nick Coussoule, senior vice president and chief information officer for BlueCross:

The lessons we learned from the theft led us to go above and beyond current industry standards, and our team has worked tirelessly to put new safeguards in place and encrypt all our at-rest data.

More than 5,000 man-hours were spent on the encryption effort, which covers about 885TB of at-rest data. The project, which was completed in just over a year, protects

1,000 server hard drives; 6,000 workstation hard drives and removable media drives; 136,000 tape backup volumes; and 25,000 voice call recordings per day.