Ease Your Path to HIPAA Best Practices

White Papers Feb 23, 2018

Buffalo TeraStations Deliver Built-in Security Measures That Align With Today’s Mandates

Data breaches are increasing across industries, including healthcare; and the pressure to safeguard sensitive patient information is stronger than ever. Medical offices and hospitals are in the business of caring for patients and saving lives, however—and there are many paths to HIPAA best practices they may not be aware of. That’s why we design our products to help simplify and support your compliance efforts. 

Buffalo TeraStations provide built-in physical and digital security measures that put you on the path to HIPAA best practices for your data.

Physically Block Access to NAS Devices and Data


1. Boot Authentication* prevents unauthorized users from accessing the information on your storage device if it is removed or stolen. This feature requires the NAS to authenticate against a local authentication server before boot up and information on the hard disk becomes readable.


2. Locking Mechanisms: Kensington Security Slot on desktop and rackmount units enables you to physically secure your device to a fixed location. Front Panel Lock desktop systems include a locking front panel discouraging removal of drives from your device.


Safeguard Sensitive Information Stored Digitally


1. AES 256-bit encryption (Advance Encryption Standard)* adds another layer of protection by encrypting sensitive patient data and records that are stored on your device. Proper authorization is needed to access that information. This is a feature that customers must activate. This feature is required to be turned on for boot authentication.


2. Private cloud (TeraStation Replication) model enables you to back up, store, and share information in a manner that is in line with HIPAA best practice recommendations where data is physically stored on systems maintained by your organization instead of public cloud environments which are more susceptible to hack attempts.


3. Rsync* compatibility makes it easier for healthcare facilities to create a HIPAA best practice private cloud model. Rsync compatibility allows you to replicate information between your Buffalo TeraStation NAS and a third-party NAS device that is also rsync compatible. 


4. Keep Your Drive Warranty Services help organizations meet HIPAA mandates that require you to retain storage drives and require paperwork for retention of drives. This service allows organizations to achieve HIPPA best practice requirements by retaining defective hard drives and reduces downtime by shipping replacement hard drives next business day.


Additional Best Practice

When replicating data offsite to other TeraStations or rsync enabled devices it is recommended to use secure VPN.  Users will have double layer data security when files are encrypted on the TeraStation and replicated through a secure VPN tunnel. VPN tunnel capabilities can be utilized by Buffalo TeraStation devices when partnered with third-party hardware that includes this functionality.




*This feature is available on TeraStation 3010 and 5010 devices only.

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