Whats the most secure way to send a confidential file via email?
Posted on 2008-10-14
We want to send patient data to other hospitals / doctors via email on a infrequent basis(or other way if easily implemented).
This data must be sent in the most secure manner possible within reason, we are currently looking into sending it via a encrypted password protected WinZip file, which i believe is more secure than a password protected word file but still easily breakable. With the additional problem of the end user not having WinZip then they cant open it. (if we purchase an additional component for WinZip we can create a self extractable encrypted file but this does not resolve the weakness of the files)
What would be the best way it implement a secure method to email the patient data to other Hospitals or Doctors?
Additional note: UK private hospital NOT on N3 / NHS.
Thanks for your help.
PS: Have tried the Uk government (HMRC/DOD) method of leaving disk/laptop on the some random bus or train hoping it will get there - dosen't seam to work. (just kidding)