Stanford U Professor Finds “It Is No Longer Safe To Write Personal Checks,” Creates Fictional Bank For Bragging Rights.

Donald Knuth has an unusual way of finding errors in his book, The Art of Computer Programming.  He sends checks to people who point out errors, be they typographical or otherwise.  Those checks, though, are rarely cashed.  One reason may be that they’re for $2.56, making them worthless to cash them.  That figure’s not a […] read more

US-Style Data Breach Notifications Not The Model For UK: Data Breach, Data At Risk, And Overall Confusion.

SC Magazine reports the UK Information Commissioner has stated that the US laws requiring notification of the public in the event of a data breach is not a viable model for the island nation.  I have argued before that a blanket approach to notifications is counterproductive when companies affected by a breach have used data […] read more

Insufficient Postage Results In Data Breach, No Word On Disk Encryption Use.

Medical Mutual of Ohio, a health insurer, has announced the loss of eleven computer disks that may affect 36,000 retired Ohio employees.  A preliminary investigation has laid the blame on insufficient postage.  Medical Mutual hasn’t revealed whether the contents on those disks were encrypted, although one hopes something like hard drive encryption or file encryption […] read more

Backup Tape Encryption Not As Prevalent At Companies, Leaves Large Data Security Hole.

According to Thales, the French aerospace, defense, and security company, more than thirty percent of companies surveyed do not know whether they will protect their back up tapes with encryption.  Plus, it was found that backup tape encryption pretty much came in last when it comes to data encryption — much further behind than data […] read more

Indian Firms Are Engaging Data Encryption At Faster Rates, Surpass US.

Such is the conclusion arrived in the State of Information Security Survey 2008 conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, CIO, and CSO magazines, according to techtree.com.  The survey polled 7,000 IT executives in 119 countries.  According to the breakdown by TechTree, 55 percent of Asian firms are encrypting databases, 50 percent are adopting laptop encryption, and 47 percent […] read more

15% Of Data Breaches Are Physical In Nature. How Much Of Your Data Security Budget Is For Full Disk Encryption?.

I was reading through some articles today, when I happened on one that referenced the Verizon data breach report from June.  What jumped out to me in that article was that it had noted “physical threats” accounted for 15% of all breaches.  When I read that, the first thing that came to mind was a […] read more

Encrypt Hard Drive? Not Encrypt Hard Drive? It Doesn’t Matter If You’re Cavalier.

A newspaper in the UK was able to find, via a Freedom of Information request, that the Devon council workers have experienced fifteen instances of computer thefts over the past three years.  It makes one wonder why it took the council such a long time to decide to encrypt hard drives.  It certainly couldn’t have […] read more

Laptop Theft Leads Aussie Data Breaches, Data Encryption Is Tops For Data Security.

According to the first data loss survey Symantec has run in Australia, 80 percent of local companies had at least one data breach in the past five years, and 40 percent had between six and twenty breaches in the same period.  Furthermore, 59 percent of businesses think they may have had a data breach they […] read more

CollegeNet Did Not Use Laptop Encryption On Lost Computer.

CollegeNet, a company that brands itself “the world’s leading ‘virtual plumber’ for higher education internet transactions” and proclaims that “it pays to think” has filed a letter with the Maryland Attorney General’s Office to alert them of a data breach. While not mentioned in the letter to the AG, a copy of the letter to […] read more

Movie Theater Chain Loses Back Up Tape With Employee Data, Assumed File Encryption Was Not Used.

Regal Entertainment Group, the largest movie theater chain in the US, and parent to Regal Cinemas, United Artists Theaters, and Edwards Theaters, has filed a letter with the New Hampshire Attorney General, alerting that they have experienced a data security breach that involves at least 120 New Hampshire residents.  While it wasn’t mentioned — and […] read more