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Kentucky Retirement Systems – Protection is Paramount

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Kentucky Retirement Systems proactive in its approach to email encryption.

When you offer both health insurance and retirement related financial services to more than 300,000 members, ensuring their personal information is protected is the highest priority.

Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) takes this goal very seriously. It has put in place rigorous data protection policies at all levels of operation.
– Mike Burnside, Executive Director, Kentucky Retirement Systems

“We are fully committed to securing every member’s personal information,” said Mike Burnside, KRS’ Executive Director. “We’re proactive about protecting this type of data and try to go above and beyond what’s expected. It’s the right thing to do. Our Board of Trustees is also actively involved in ensuring the protection of our members’ information.”

KRS is the public pension system for almost all of Kentucky’s government and public employees, with close to 1,400 employers paying into the
retirement fund. For members who are 65 and older, it’s also a self-funded health insurance entity covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Early need for encrypted email “Early on we identified email as an area that needed to be addressed,” said Mark McChesney, KRS’s Information Security Officer. “People appropriately talk about social networking sites being dangerous in terms of security, but the critical application for us is email because it’s simple to use. Email is the way people communicate, and it’s an easy way to inadvertently expose data. There’s lots of opportunity for bad things to happen with unsecured email. Email is certainly something you should be encrypting.”

KRS carefully researched email encryption solutions and chose Zix Corporation (ZixCorp). “Probably one of the most significant changes and improvements
in our infrastructure has been the addition of the secure email solution,” McChesney said. “The biggest point of exposure we’ve had, whether it has “We are fully committed to securing every member’s personal information.”

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