U.S. Health Agency Forbids Sensitive Data On Apple MacBooks

Paul McDougall reports in InformationWeek:

In the wake of a widely publicized security breach that left thousands of patient records exposed, the federal government’s National Institute of Health is forbidding all employees who use Apple’s MacBook laptops from handling sensitive data as of Friday, InformationWeek has learned. Employees at the health agency who store medical records and other personal information on laptops must use systems that run either on Microsoft’s Windows operating system or Linux, according to an agency memo.

Those systems must be equipped with Check Point Software’s Pointsec encryption tool as of April 4, according to an NIH mandate. Systems running Windows Vista can also use Vista’s built-in BitLocker disk encryption tool.

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