Disk Encryption Software: Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Signs Undertaking For Recovered CD.

The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK has agreed to sign an Undertaking after it was found of a data breach by the Information Commissioner’s Office.  The breach was caused by an itinerant CD that wasn’t secured with neither data encryption software or password-protection. Unable to Ascertain Why CD was Created The CD […] read more

Data Encryption Software: 12-Character Passwords Now The Standard For Security.

Scientists at Georgia Tech are recommending that passwords be no shorter than 12-characters long.  I can think of at least one exception to this recommendation when it comes to laptop encryption software; however, it would behoove most to follow the recommendation, it seems. Bruteforcing and GPUs One of the most effective, yet inefficient, ways of […] read more

Laptop Encryption Software: U Of Kentucky Laptop Stolen From Newborn Program (Update).

A laptop computer, without full disk encryption to protect the contents, was stolen from a University of Kentucky Healthcare department.  Over 2000 people have been notified. UK HealthCare Breach A laptop computer that was used at the UK Department of Pediatrics was found stolen sometime between June 18 and June 21.  It contained information on […] read more

Disk Encryption: Cook County Patients In Breach, Laptop Stolen.

A laptop computer with information on 7,000 patients was stolen from locked office.  It sounds like hard disk encryption was not used to protect the contents of the laptop.  However, encryption may not have been necessary in this case, seeing how the information was deleted.  Sort of. Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) Breach […] read more

Data Security And Breach Notification Act Of 2010.

As healthleadersmedia.com notes, a data breach notification bill has been proposed by Senators Pryor (D-AR) and Rockefeller (D-WV).  The wording is similar to existing state and federal legislation concerning breach notification, including safe harbor exemptions if drive encryption software is used to secure data.  And yet, it amends many of the shortcomings found in their […] read more

Data Encryption Software: 10,000 Prospective UConn Students Have Data Breach.

The theft of a laptop computer–which, as far as I can tell, was not protected with disk encryption–has triggered a data breach at the University of Connecticut West Hartford campus.  Over 10,000 university applicants are affected. Applicants Over 7 Years Affected Applicants from 2004 through July 30, 2010 (10,174 in all) are affected by this […] read more

Hard Disk Encryption Not Used On Missing Yale Medical Laptop.

Yale School of Medicine has announced that 1,000 people have had their clinical information breached.   A laptop computer was stolen from the office of a data analyst.  It was pointed out that the computer made use of password-protection but not drive encryption. Very Little Information The announcement by Yale covers by little: 1,000 people affected […] read more

Best Computer Password Protection No Match For Data Encryption: Overriding Windows Password Prompt.

I’ve often noted that, when it comes to data security, password-protection cannot hold a candle to data encryption like AlertBoot.  This was reinforced to me today while I was going through a PC Magazine article, “Computer Tools: Your At-Home IT Toolkit.” Introducing the “Offline NT Password & Registry Editor” One of the toolkits listed is […] read more

Disk Encryption Software: Walsh Pharmacy Alerts NH AG Of Missing DVD.

Walsh Pharmacy in Massachusetts has notified the Attorney General’s office of New Hampshire that a missing DVD caused a data breach.  The number of people affected, or whether data security safeguards–such as data encryption software like AlertBoot–were present, was not mentioned. Update (18 AUG 2010): 11,400 people were affected by this breach. Missing in the […] read more