GTL Extends Data Encryption to Further Protect Customer Information

Encrypting data at rest adds another security layer to guard against data breaches

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Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – February 8, 2017GTL the leading provider of correctional technology solutions and an innovator in payment services solutions for government, today announced that by early 2017, all customer data residing in company databases will be encrypted while at rest, adding another layer to GTL’s already substantial security toolkit. This follows a prior announcement of an enhancement of GTL’s storage capabilities with a significant investment in an All Flash storage infrastructure.

“This expansion of data encryption is yet another example of GTL leading the industry – here in the area of information security.” said Garth Johnson, Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Privacy Officer at GTL. “Data breaches are on the rise, and the corrections industry has not been spared. In fact, a breach impacting one inmate telephone vendor is among the biggest of recent times. Database encryption is the next logical step for staying ahead of potential security threats. Our team understands what is at stake and settles for nothing less than the most robust security measures. It is hard to conceive how customers could feel comfortable without database encryption,” added Garth Johnson, Senior Vice President of Operations at GTL.

“It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when an organization will experience some sort of cyberattack,” added Jason Marass, Information Security Director and Deputy Chief Privacy Officer at GTL. “Therefore, it is imperative to have multiple layers of security and data classification standards in order to properly protect our customers’ most sensitive data. With the implementation of database encryption, GTL has added yet another layer to our already robust security infrastructure.”

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GTL leads in the fields of correctional technology and government payment services with visionary solutions and customized products that integrate seamlessly to deliver security, financial value, and ease of operation for our customers. As a trusted industry leader, GTL provides service to 85 percent of inmates nationwide, including service to 32 state departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and 73 of the 100 largest city/county facilities, including 39 of the top 50. GTL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and maintains several regional offices across the country. To learn more about GTL, please visit www.gtl.net or our social media sites on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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GTL Extends Data Encryption to Further Protect Customer Information

In the push to reduce the recidivism rate, correctional facilities are moving away from a traditional layout to one that is designed for inclusiveness and keeping inmates engaged with outside society. Studies have shown that maintaining a support structure is a key component to keeping inmates on the right path to successful reintegration into society after release. In Australia, a new maximum security prison opened this year that includes no cells. Instead, inmates are housed in dormitory-style accommodations with 25 inmates in 16 ‘pods’ that offer more access to education, entertainment, and communication with friends and families. This novel move seeks to enhance inmates’ daily lives by making these services more accessible and improve re-integration into society. Inmates have access to technology that connects them with friends and family members, news, books, movies, education, games, and more. They are required to work for up to five hours during the day and pursue education and other programs in the remaining time. This progressive approach aligns with GTL’s vision of technology and education being available to every inmate. “GTL has the technology portfolio to enable correctional facilities to execute their strategies,” said Gad Tobaly, President, GTL International. “Whether those strategies are similar to the open-plan jail approach or focus on a more traditional environment, we offer the innovations to help facilities become safer and more secure while providing inmates with access to programs that improve their lives during and after incarceration.” GTL creates new technologies and advocates for tablets, education, and other programs to help reduce recidivism rates. “These new facilities highlight the need for technology in corrections,” said Eric Gonzalez, Executive Director, Technology and Implementation Services. “Today’s inmates are digital natives, having grown up in the age of computers, cell phones, tablets, and more. It is only logical that providing them with technology and programs to learn and better themselves through those access points is the direction that corrections is taking.” As part of GTL’s ongoing mission to keep our offerings in line with global corrections trends, the company will once again be a sponsor at the International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA) Annual Conference. This year’s conference is being held at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Canada. The conference theme of “Beyond Prisons: The Way Forward” will draw discussion on the underpinning philosophies, strategic direction, policies, and practices being instituted across the globe. More than 500 delegates from over 70 countries attend this prestigious conference. GTL and two collaborating organizations will present on two topics that relate to the use of technology in aiding the corrections and criminal justice systems. “Transforming the Inmate Environment: How and Why Facilities are Implementing Tablet Programs” will discuss how technology is used to humanize correctional efforts and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. “Virtual-Enabled Justice: Delivering Swifter Outcomes and Improved Victim and Witness Experience” will discuss the use of technology to create ‘virtual courts’ that fuel efficiency, safety, and security, and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 p.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. To learn more about our technology solutions, contact GTL today.