Workplace Education As Important As Data Encryption When It Comes To Endpoint Security: A Calculation.

According to a national survey conducted by ISACA, thirty-five percent of US workers have violated their company’s IT policies.  Sixteen percent have also used peer-to-peer filesharing programs at work.  When put in this context, I guess, it’s not surprising that major companies such as Pfizer and Citigroup had a major data breaches in the past […] read more

Khaki Bandit: Extreme Social Engineering (or, An Extreme Reason For Greenlighting Laptop Encryption).

The Khaki Bandit.  That’s how Eric Almly was known in Milwaukee when they didn’t have a name to match up with the burglaries.  He’s been connected to computer thefts in Minnesota, California, Arizona, and Florida.  Supposedly, Almly’s modus operandi was to walk into corporate offices and lift laptops found in the office.  He wouldn’t walk […] read more

There’s That Word Again: Hope, And The Data Security Blues.

  “Saving money and being PCI-compliant is important to us, but equally important is protecting ourselves against intruders. Even though we have some breathing room with PCI, we are still vulnerable with WEP as our security key. It must be a risk we are willing to take for the sake of saving money and hoping […] read more

Continuing TJX Legal Saga Further Highlights Need For Data Protection And Encryption.

TJX is back in the news, and in a big way.  The reason for the brouhaha is the new estimated number of credit card accounts compromised when TJX security was breached last year.  The new number is 94 million, double the original TJX estimates of 46 million, as reported in a court filing.  The new […] read more

The Heart Wants, And The Mind Says Yes To Mobile Encryption…But The Body Doesn’t Follow?.

There were reports last week that a laptop containing personal information on over 160,000 people was stolen from Administaff, Inc., a Houston-based company.  Administaff is a company that engages in outsourcing personnel management services, such as payroll administration.  As such, it’s not surprising that Administaff deals with a lot of personal information, or that the […] read more

Data Encryption And SMBs – The Smaller You Are, The Greater The On-Line Threat.

Many of the stories covered in the media regarding data and security breaches involves companies that are large, usually Fortune 500, maybe Fortune 1000.  We must not forget, however, that any business needs to practice proper security when it comes to customer data.  For example, the Boston Globe covers today the theft of customers’ credit […] read more

Data Protection: Need, Right, And Time Should Be Extended To Mobile Devices Such As Laptops For Better Security.

In a Government Technology article, an argument is made that access to data should be granted on a need, right, and time basis.  Now, this is not a new argument, and it was directed to securing databases and their contents.   The argument is that not everyone needs to have access to information on a […] read more

Alumni Data And University Administrative Functions: Data Encryption Is Vital, For Now.

There is news today that over seven thousand former students of the University of Cincinnati were affected in a data breach.  A flash drive with sensitive information on 7366 students and graduates was stolen from an employee’s desk. One of the people interviewed for the article, Cybil Pearson, stated that she had not been at […] read more

University Sends Internal Student List To Student – Why Data Encryption Will Always Be Needed.

Eight thousand students and applicants to Duquesne University narrowly avoided becoming victims to a data breach.  Or, rather, they avoided becoming victims to personal information peddlers.  A file containing mostly students’ financial information was sent by mistake to a Duquesne student, who promptly reported the incident to university officials.  The information included Social Security numbers […] read more

Laptop Security As Part of Freshman Orientation?.

A new school year has started in the United States, and already there seems to be a deluge of laptop theft stories in the media.  A small number of them are covered in the national media, such as the laptop theft in Arizona that affected students in Iowa:  a former teaching assistant in Iowa had […] read more