Many states have passed laws regarding data breaches. In fact, there are 44 such states laws to date. Most, but not all, offer safe harbor if the lost or stolen data was protected with some kind of data security measure, such as full disk encryption software like AlertBoot. But what about the other type of […] read more
Workers at the Social Security Administration are finding renewed vitality from their ability to work from home. However, it’s been pointed out by the SSA Office of the Inspector General that the practice increases the risk of a data breach. I can see why: employees have been allowed to take CDs that were not guarded […] read more
Data Encryption Software For Very Large Data Transfers? Amazon Offering Cloud Data Upload Via Disks.
Over the three years that I’ve covered data breach stories, I’ve heard much criticism regarding information stored on portable data devices. Now, my criticism has always been “look, why are you not using disk encryption on the thing?” And it’s not because I work for AlertBoot, a company that offers laptop and external disk encryption […] read more
Well, it looks like New Mexico Human Services Department was not the only one affected by the DentaQuest laptop theft out of Chicago, which I brought up back in May. There are reports that more than 10,000 Tennessee residents have been affected as well. Again, shows why a company that deals with numerous clients should […] read more
Data Security: It’s Never 100%. But It Doesn’t Mean You Should Stop Trying (Update To Enloe In CA Hospital Fines).
I ended yesterday’s post with the observation that data security is a losing battle, and that constant vigilance was key in keeping data breaches and other disasters at bay. Of course, this does not mean you should just give up and not invest in the appropriate tools like drive encryption software for your computers. On […] read more
Five hospitals are feeling the pain after the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) levied fines against them. While I doubt that these could have been prevented by the use of data protection tools like full disk encryption from AlertBoot, it shows the potential pitfalls on being caught without them. All Fines for Employee Infractions […] read more
Alberta, Canada is the first province to pass a broad privacy statute that would require breach notifications. While the use of data protection software like disk encryption from AlertBoot is not specifically mentioned as grounds for granting safe harbor, it looks like legal protection from sending breach letter is implied. Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) […] read more
According to boston.com and blastmagainze.com, Tufts alumni are being notified of a potential data breach. Several computers were infected with malware, and seven thousand alumni may be affected. It’s a clear case where data security failed, but less clear is how one would go about providing proper data security. A solution like AlertBoot encryption software […] read more
Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, based out of Park Ridge, Illinois, has announced the theft of a laptop and is offering 12 months of free identity theft protection. Which prompts me to ask “but why?” seeing how the computer was protected with data encryption like AlertBoot. Illinois Data Breach Rules, HIPAA One of the beauties […] read more