Maine, like many states in the US, has a personal data breach notification law on its books. The law also is similar to other states’ legislation in that the use of encryption software like AlertBoot provides an exception from the onerous business of having to send such notifications. If encryption is not used (or the […] read more
Encryption software is not a magical cure-all for digital data woes, but it certainly can cut down on the risks of them coming to fruition. Take, for example, the TD Bank data breach that I had blogged about earlier this month. In that particular case, computer tapes that contained Social Security numbers and other sensitive […] read more
Researchers revealed at an Australian security conference that they cracked the encryption used by a state public transport system for issuing tickets (read: free rides). Unlike the encryption algorithm used by AlertBoot laptop encryption — AES-256, which is open to public poking — the transportation system was using a custom-designed one. Usually, that’s a bad […] read more
It’s been noted time and time again that Android tends to be less secure than its competitor because of its “open ecosystem.” It’s the perfect reason to use something like AlertBoot’s mobile device encryption solution if a company is hopping on to the BYOD wagon (and plenty are). However, not all mobile data security threats […] read more
Poor BlackBerry: not only is the once-celebrated device getting some very public licks, the one pillar that seemed unshakable is beginning to see signs of strain: even the government is giving it the cold shoulder. Of course, the signs were already there but, seeing how the device is the yardstick by which other mobile device […] read more
One of the areas where you can always expect to find data breaches is academia. For as long as I have been following data security news stories for this blog, data breaches involving a university setting has cropped up at least every six months. It makes sense, in a way: university settings generally tend to […] read more
The BlackBerry is still beloved by many users. In fact, it’s for that reason why AlertBoot mobile security solutions include the BB environment under its security umbrella (iPhone and Android being the other major players. Duh). But, every day you find little hints that perhaps the BlackBerry won’t be relevant at all. The latest sign? […] read more
Mobile Security: Canada Calgary Board Of Education Laptop Stolen From Car, Over 2,000 Students Affected.
The Calgary Board Of Education in Canada announced that an employee had a laptop computer stolen from his parked vehicle. The burglary led to a data breach that impacts over 2,000 students whose records were randomly selected to improve reports cards. Based on the details of the story, it appears that the laptop was not […] read more
Hong Kong Laptop Security: Immigration Department, Airport Division, Reports Theft Of Three Laptops.
The Immigration Department at Chek Lap Kok airport (officially known as Hong Kong International Airport. Chek Lap Kok is the name of the island on which the airport is built. And, yes, there is a joke in there for English speakers) has reported the theft of three laptop computers owned by the government body. The […] read more
Data Encryption Breach Penalties: Greater Manchester Police Pays £120,000 For Lack Of Data Security Training.
The Greater Manchester Police in the UK has recently been assessed a penalty of £150,000 (reduced to £120,000 for early payment). While many publications are claiming that this figure primarily ties to the theft of a USB stick, the truth is that the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) was fined for not having better sense. What […] read more