CLEVELAND -- In the past 18 months, millions of people had their credit and identity information stolen because of computer hackers. It's a problem that's only getting worse. Local company IQware created patented software that leaves no information behind that hackers can access.
Every time you use the browser on your computer, smart phone or tablet, you leave pieces of valuable information behind that can potentially be hacked.
"You can put a firewall up, but so did Sony and Anthem, they all had the firewalls up and said we were OK, but they weren't," says IQware Solutions Chief marketing officer, Marc Ricker.
IQware is a software developing company that hopes to revolutionize cyber security. Their focus initially is protecting electronic medical records.
"We approach developing software entirely different than everybody else, we're built on the only platform that's never been hacked, we do not use a browser and we are able to change programming on the fly," Ricker says.
But how does it protect your information?
"The critical data never resides on the workstation, all they're seeing is an image they've requested and it reports the activity on the workstation every keystroke every mouse movement," says Don Seddon, IQware president.
It's currently being used by the American Pharmacist Association and the Alliance for Patient Medication Safety, but they're also working with Oracle who may utilize it into their programs. But it won't happen overnight.
"Institutions that have spent millions of dollars to get to where they are and to turn around and redo that is a big task but it's something they have to consider because the exposure's so great," Seddon says.
To learn more about IQWare, visit iqwaresolutions.com.
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