Data Encryption: Midlothian Council First Scottish ICO Fine, Largest To Date.

In a clear sign that it frowns on all data breaches, not just electronic ones, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has handed out its largest penalty to date to the Midlothian Council in Scotland.  It’s the first ever ICO fine for any Scottish local government, and it underscores that, while laptop encryption software like […] read more

Ruling on Fricosu: Much Ado About Nothing?.

The ruling by US District Court Judge Robert in US v. Fricosu has attracted a lot of attention.  It was covered by various media outlets who, in my opinion, largely got it wrong (at least, if you’re only reading the headlines).  I’m not a lawyer, but there are plenty of those who are that have […] read more

Drive Encryption Software: Kansas Department Of Aging Loses Laptop, Flash Disk.

The Kansas Department of Aging is cautioning clients that there was a data breach of members’ information.  A laptop computer, flash disk, and paper files were stolen from a state employee on January 12.  It’s quite apparent from what’s floating in the media that the appropriate laptop encryption software and flash disk encryption software were […] read more

Laptop Encryption Software: Waterloo Region District School Board Computers Stolen.

The Waterloo Region District School Board in Ontario, Canada has announced a data breach.  It’s its third breach in less than a year.  The announcement, however, leaves much to be desired.  They imply that something like disk encryption software was used, but don’t come out and say it outright. Look, Waterloo Region District School Board: […] read more

Data Security: Why Salting Password Hashes Is Required But Has Limitations.

The big news in the data security arena this week is, of course, the hack at zappos.com.  Thankfully, data encryption software was used to protect credit card numbers at Zappos, so the fallout from the data breach is curtailed to what is generally considered “less sensitive” data (but, as more and more articles point out, […] read more