Feb 28, 2021

Truyo: Checking employee health without violating privacy

health checker
covid-19
symptom monitor
privacy
Leila Hawkins
3 min
Truyo: Checking employee health without violating privacy
Global technology firm IntraEdge have created an online platform that tracks employee health data securely. President Dan Clarke tells us how it works...

IntraEdge has a suite of health check management solutions that include hardware and software for body temperature measurement, and health questionnaires that can integrate with multiple back end systems to check employees in. 

Powered by their privacy compliance platform Truyo, and backed by technology from Intel, the suite enables employers to track employee health and vaccination status. 

Clarke explains that the platform is very flexible in terms of the data it can capture. "Hospitals may need to record much more detailed information whereas other businesses may try to insulate more of the information recorded" he says. 

"The standard platform records temperatures and answers to basic medical questions – like "how are you feeling today? Do you have a fever?" - so that at a minimum businesses can decide if employees or customers can enter the building or not. In this standard platform, no sensitive information is shared. It can be configured so managers, for example, only see whether or not their employees passed their temperature check but not the exact temperature." 

He adds that while sensitive medical information is regularly collected by a hospital, it is very atypical for employers to collect this type of sensitive information and there are regulations and employee privacy to keep in mind. "Health Check Management solutions powered by the Truyo privacy compliance platform ensure privacy remains intact" he says. 

Who is enabled to have access to the information is very important. "If an employee identifies COVID-19 symptoms through the Health Check Management solution, the results are anonymised and sent through the database but no information is stored on the hardware. Our solution also tracks and logs who actually has access to what information which will be integral for organisations preventing lawsuits down the line." 

Additionally all data is encrypted, and their platforms contain redactable certificates that are individually commissioned, which ensures access controls are in place and can be tracked. "So if there was a breach in security, there is a record of who accessed the data, when it was accessed and who actually had the ability to access it" Clarke says. 

A safe return to work

When businesses started getting back to work, Clarke says they identified that employee’s top concerns would be around privacy as employers requested medical information. "We saw the opportunity to add hardware solutions to Truyo’s platform, to build solutions that made employees comfortable to return to work, safely. 

"Contact tracing and health checks are required of businesses but these processes still need to be compliant. People are worried that their medical information, like pre-existing conditions or possible vaccine exemptions, could impact their employment so businesses need to ensure employee information is secure and safe." 

"Companies aren’t thrilled about having this information either" he adds. "It sets them up for more legal repercussions if handled incorrectly. The best thing a business can do is be transparent with its workers. Pick a set of guidelines whether they’re local or from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), follow them closely and tell your employees what they are. Being open with processes during this time is essential." 

"It is the employer’s ethical responsibility to do what they can to protect employees from the spread of COVID-19. Employers are embracing this, they want to have a safe work environment for their workers, and create a culture and environment where employees feel safe returning to work that also follows guidelines set by the CDC." 

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Jun 17, 2021

Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT

HOOPP
Checkpoint
3 min
Erez Yarkoni, Global VP, explains how a three-way partnership between Check Point, HOOPP, and Microsoft is yielding optimum cloud security

Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.

“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.

Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:

  • Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
  • CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
  • Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data

 

However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”

In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies. 

The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help. 

“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”

 

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