Hard Drive Encryption To The Rescue: UK Making Data Loss Illegal.

It looks like the last six months of information security breaches have prodded the UK legislature to do something about it.  The House of Lords has decided to make data loss illegal, backing an amendment that would make anyone guilty of breaking the law if he or she “recklessly or intentionally reveals personal data on […] read more

Full Disk Encryption Missing From Laptop Stolen In FC Barcelona Office.

Well, that’s the implication of FC Barcelona’s press release.  Of course, those in the US will be asking “what? Who?”  FC Barcelona is a Spanish sports club, most famous for its soccer team (the FC stands for “futbol club”) and star striker, Ronaldinho.  You may remember Ronaldinho from his Nike ad where he keeps striking […] read more

Hard Drive Encryption Part Of Risk Management Arsenal.

Financialweek.com is reporting that theft of data is fueling interest in errors and omissions insurance, also known as E&O insurance.  What exactly is E&O insurance?  The name makes it pretty self?evident: it’s insurance to cover any accidents or mistakes you may make (or the client perceives you have made) while providing a service.  Depending on […] read more

Full Disk Encryption Has One Thing Over File Encryption: Bank of Ireland Update.

Last week, the Bank of Ireland (BoI) had announced that four laptop computers lost over the past year or so could have affected 10,000 customers.  The BoI has updated the number of customers affected to over 30,000, per the investigation they were conducting after the announcement.  There has been a lot of criticism on the […] read more

Full Disk Encryption Can’t Help You If You Don’t Have it. Paying Attention Also Helps.

A computer was stolen from the General Internal Medicine of Lancaster offices, a medical practice in East Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania.  The computer, a laptop, contained names, addresses, telephone numbers, and Social Security numbers of many—not all—patients.  The laptop computer was being used as something of a file database.  According to the practice manager, they were […] read more

Was There Full Disk Encryption Or Not? IT Director’s Statement Confusing.

The Breast Cancer International Research Group (BCIRG) office in Edmonton, Canada, was broken into, and three laptops were stolen.  Two of them were brand new and unused, so the chance of a data breach is not there at all.  However, one of the laptops stolen was already in use.   The IT director for BCIRG […] read more

Full Disk Encryption: Possibly The Best Tool To Prevent A Company From Making Weird Statements.

It wouldn’t be a long stretch to say that companies that fall victim to an information security breach have a public relations problem in their hands.  Admitting (or in some cases, just alerting—no admitting allowed) that a company has inconvenienced their clients has never been a good move.  And so the spin?doctors were born.  In […] read more

CollegeInvest Loses Computer Hard Drive Lacking Full Disk Encryption.

CollegeInvest, a not-for-profit division of the Colorado Department of higher education, is alerting customers—approximately 200,000 of them—that their personal information may have been compromised.  Details are still sparse; for example, I am unable to find what type of personal information could have been exposed in this particular case.  Makes me wonder if the state of […] read more

Full Disk Encryption And Physical Security: Locked Servers Stolen.

Pogowasright.org is reporting that Central Collection Bureau (CCB), a private company in Indiana, has had a security breach that could potentially affect over 700,000 people.  According to the site, eight computers were stolen from the CCB plus a server.  Other sites claim that the server was part of the eight computers; there is a lot […] read more

Bank Of Ireland Loses Laptops Without Hard Drive Encryption.

Bank of Ireland customers, nearly 10,000 of them, have had their information stolen.  Between June and October of last year, four laptops were stolen from the bank’s life assurance division.  The information breach included data on personal pension plan details, dates of birth, addresses, and bank account details.  Whole disk encryption solutions like AlertBoot were […] read more