PhyData LLC, a medical billing and management company has announced the data breach of 1,500 people. A laptop computer with sensitive data was stolen from an employee. The presence of drive encryption software like AlertBoot was not mentioned in the media. This is, without a doubt, a HIPAA breach. Stolen from the Mall According to […] read more
Disk Encryption Software: Healthcare Data Breaches Are Mostly Due To Theft And Loss Of Physical Devices.
Informationweek.com notes that it’s not hackers that people ought to be scared of when it comes to medical data breaches. That’s because it’s the theft and loss of physical devices like laptops and external hard disks that drives data losses. Thankfully, there’s an easy solution for that: laptop encryption software such as AlertBoot. Most Common […] read more
Data Encryption: New Texas Health Care Privacy Law Embraces The Use Of Cryptographic Solutions. Kind Of.
Govinfosecurity.com notes that Governor Rick Perry has signed a healthcare privacy law that goes beyond HIPAA when it comes to patient health data. Various reasons helped spur the passage of the hotly-contested bill, including the lack of HIPAA enforcement, the recent Texas-wide data breaches, and the increased exchange in health data due to the HITECH […] read more
India is proposing a new Privacy Bill, slated for the next Indian Parliamentary session. There are a number of ground-breaking rules but I noticed that there is no specific safe harbor from penalties when data encryption software like AlertBoot is used to protect information. On the other hand, the law does specify that “every data […] read more
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has announced a second major breach. Approximately 9,000 employees had their information downloaded to a personal hard drive, an unauthorized move by an employee. The use of disk encryption software in this case is a moot point, kind of. Had the employee subsequently lost the hard drive, it […] read more
Some troubling allegations have surfaced in the Sony data breach saga. According to a recent lawsuit filed in San Diego, Sony is accused of knowing that “it was at increased risk of attack.” The evidence for such, per timesofindia.com: It has already experienced smaller breaches, which means that Sony knew it was a target (but […] read more
The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging has announced a data breach that affects 78,000 people in total, if I’m reading things correctly. The breach was triggered when a laptop computer was stolen. The implication seems to be that hard drive encryption like AlertBoot was not used to secure protected health information. Car Theft […] read more
Two charities out of the UK have signed Undertakings with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO): Asperger’s Children and Carers Together (ACCT) and Wheelbase Motor Project. In both cases, laptop encryption software like AlertBoot was not used to protect sensitive information, resulting in a data breach when their respective notebook computers were stolen. Summaries of those […] read more
Data Encryption: Staples Business Depot (Canada) Terrible At Wiping Data. Why Are They Responsible?.
An audit report by Canadian privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart laments the fact that Staples Business Depot has failed to get a grip on its continuing data breaches. This is one instance where the use of drive encryption software like AlertBoot doesn’t make sense (kind of). Not Really Staples’s Fault When a story involves a giant […] read more
This blog generally does not delve into politics, since politics doesn’t have anything to do with data encryption software (well, with the possible exception of office politics). Hence, when we did have any posts regarding Bradley Manning’s now infamous WikiLeaks submission, it was from the perspective of how the military could have avoided the situation, […] read more