Data Encryption: HP Coming Out with E-mail-able Printer That Stores Data In The Cloud.

Printing from the cloud The cloud makes sense The cloud doesn’t make sense HP, Hewlett-Packard, is coming out with a printer that allows people to print via e-mail.  The technology is not entirely new, business environments having had such machines from Canon and Xerox for a decade now. You shoot your document via e-mail, and […] read more

Laptop Encryption Software: The Gap Data Breach Company Finally Revealed?.

It looks like the third-party vendor that did some data processing for the The Gap, and created one of the bigger data breaches to date in the US, back in 2007, has finally been revealed.  It looks like that company is Vangent.  If you’ll recall, two laptops were stolen.  These were supposed to be protected […] read more

Data Encryption Software: Penn State Notifying 25,500 Of Data Breach (Updated).

(Update, 08 JUN 2010):  According to the York Daily Record, a sweep at PSU found another server with 25,000 SSNs.  Link to article at the bottom of the article. Over 25,000 Penn State students (possibly alumni) are being notified of a data breach.  The story shows why some people select drive encryption over file encryption […] read more

Hard Drive Encryption For Pot (Marijuana, That Is) Referral Offices?.

A medical marijuana referral office fell victim to burglars, causing a data breach for an unspecified number of people.  Full disk encryption like AlertBoot would have prevented the breach but not the theft of the machine.  And it’s pretty clear that theft of material goods was the motive. Cookies and Other Stuff Stolen The robbery […] read more

Drive Encryption Or Ban On Physical Transfer Of Digital Files?.

Would you or your company consider never copying sensitive data to digital media and mailing it?  In other words, ban the practice of sending in the mail CDs and DVDs loaded with personal information?  It’s not a bad idea, but why not just use encryption software like AlertBoot to secure the data? Practice Transfers Risk, […] read more

Drive Encryption Software: AvMed Revises Breach From 200,000 to 1.2 Million.

Another example why you’re better off protecting your laptop computers with hard disk encryption like AlertBoot, as opposed to ensuring things are locked up properly.  AvMed has announced that their breach from February actually affected 1.2 million patients, not the initial 200,000 people they reported. Second Revision of Figures Per my count, this is the […] read more

Hard Disk Encryption: Berkshire Council In Breach Of Data Protection Act.

West Berkshire Council has been found in breach of the Data Protection Act.  It looks like the Information Commissioner’s Office has declined to fine them (they got the right to do so in April, to the tune of £500,000).  What does this mean for the use of drive encryption software like AlertBoot? Council Loses Unencrypted […] read more

Laptop Encryption Software: University Health Network in Canada Loses Laptop.

A stolen laptop has led to a data breach of 20,000 patients’ information in Canada.  Data encryption was used but failed.  Dang, that’s gotta hurt. Car Involved in Theft A laptop belonging to the University Health Network (UHN) was stolen from an employee’s car during the weekend of May 8.  The information on patients included […] read more

Full Disk Encryption: Roanoke City Schools "Sells" Employee Information.

Not sold on purpose, of course.  But, that’s essentially what happened: 8 computers contained personal information, and these were sold, despite policies in place against such a practice.  Instances like these are the reason why disk encryption software solutions like AlertBoot are chosen, if not as the primary method of protection, as a backup security […] read more

Data Security: Red Flags Rule Delayed To The End Of Year.

The Red Flags Rule is being delayed–now it’s fourth time–through the end of this year.  It was supposed to go into effect today. The rule, to be enforced by the FTC, would have required companies to develop ways to combat identity theft, including the use of data encryption software to protect data, among other things. […] read more