Data Encryption: Could Kindle Be At The Heart Of A Data Breach?.

I was perusing some of the smaller breach stories today, when I happened on a story that shows how a company could have a data breach with a digital device that cannot make use of hard disk encryption software. The actual story involved a Kindle, but any of the current generation of e-ink readers will […] read more

Data Protection Software: Express Scripts Back In The News (Again).

Several sources are reporting that Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefit managing (PMB) company, has been informed by the FBI that last year’s extortionist has struck again. If you’ll recall, Express Scripts received the personal information of 75 people, all of them in the company’s database, via regular mail.  The sender had threatened to release millions […] read more

Disk Encryption Software: Canada 2009 Hi-Tech Breach Costs Double From Last Year.

According to the, a new study from TELUS and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has found that the average cost of a data breach in Canada has doubled from 2008’s figures, to $834,000 (Canadian dollars, I assume).  While it can’t prevent all breaches, the use of drive encryption software like AlertBoot […] read more

Laptop Encryption Software: Jubilee House In Blackburn Loses 15 Computers.

Fifteen laptops being used at the Jubilee House in Blackburn were stolen this past June.  This breach could potentially affect up to 3,500 people, including children.  An internal review strongly hints that data-centric protection such as full disk encryption would have been ideal, although the UK’s Information Commissioner is conducting an independent investigation, and may […] read more

Data Encryption Software: Ohio Policyholder Information Data Breach Notification Rules – Ohio Department of Insurance.

Update (28 SEPT 2009): A copy of Bulletin 2009-12 can be found at According to a newly released press release by the Ohio Department of Insurance, insurance companies doing business in Ohio will have to contact the Department of Insurance if they discover a data breach.  This new requirement will go into effect on November […] read more

Cost Of Data Security Breaches: It Takes Longer Than Expected To Notify The Affected.

Okay, so you’ve had a data breach because a) an employee somehow lost a computer and b) you didn’t use laptop encryption software to secure that computer’s data.  It’s time to announce a data breach and contact your affected clients. But wait!  It’s not as straightforward as you might believe.  I was reviewing some of […] read more

File Encryption Software: My Two Cents On Rocky Mountain Bank Data Breach. has a story about a Wyoming Bank (Rocky Mountain Bank, RMB) that has sued Google in order to identify a Gmail account holder.  The story is small potatoes, but it has taken a life of its own (Streisand effect), and I thought I’d make a light comment on it (the first being, a bank […] read more

Laptop Encryption Software Not Used, Madoff Victims At Risk (Even More Than Before). has linked to a letter that spells more potential problems for investors who were defrauded in the Bernie L. Madoff saga.  The letter from AlixPartners, the court-appointed claims agent that’s liquidating Madoff’s company, is directed to the New Hampshire Attorney General, and explains that a laptop computer with personal information was stolen from an […] read more