On January 17, 2013, the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services published their final omnibus rule for implementing HITECH, which greatly modifies and amends HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. While many different areas of HIPAA were modified, most experts are pointing out that, in […] read more
UK Data Breach Security: SONY Fined £250,000 By Information Commissioner’s Office, Largest Penalty To Date.
The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced that they’ll be assessing a penalty of £250,000 on Sony for the 2011 hack that affected 77 million accounts around the world. This is by far the largest monetary penalty the UK’s data privacy watchdog has handed out. As usual, a little encryption and other pillars of […] read more
If you use any type of computer encryption, including AlertBoot Mobile Security to secure your laptop computer, passwords are a way of life. So, when I heard that researchers at Carnegie Mellon University were able to crack long “passwords” because they were grammatically correct, it caught my interest. On the one hand, it’s a tremendous […] read more
HIPAA / HITECH Encryption: Is Cloud-Based AlertBoot Disk Encryption A Business Associate Under HIPAA Rules?.
Healthcare organizations and other HIPAA covered entities are concerned about cloud-based services. As they should be: under HIPAA, covered entities are responsible for the security of ePHI (electronic protected health information); so, when a Business Associate (BA) causes a data breach, the covered entity is the one who’s investigated by the HHS Office of Civil […] read more
AMD, Advanced Micro Devices, has filed suit against a number of former employees. The claim is that they stole “thousands of confidential documents” (extremetech.com) by copying AMD secrets to external storage devices, and took these to rival NVIDIA. Stunts like these are why external disk encryption is part of AlertBoot’s Mobile Security solution: don’t only […] read more
According to techworld.com.au, two unnamed power companies in the US were infected when malware-infested USB drives were connected to corporate computers. The recommendation put forth was to adopt new USB guidelines, “including the cleaning of a USB device before each use.” The question is “how long will that last?” How about a better approach, something […] read more
One of the security recommendations in this era of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is to turn on device tracking on your smartphone or tablet, assuming you have the option. This way, if you lose the device, or if it gets stolen, there is a more than a fighting chance that you’ll be able to […] read more
Canada Computer Disk Encryption: Human Resources and Skills Development Loses Information On 583,000.
Numerous Canadian media outposts are reporting on the loss of student loan information by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. It’s being labeled as a “new” data breach by the government but let’s be honest, the only thing new about it is the press release. It’s part of the same old story, a continuance of […] read more
High-Tech Encryption: South Carolina Legislator Notes Not All Security Solutions Need To Be High Tech.
Strengthening computer security is one of the goals listed by the South Carolina caucus for this year. While it may sound like a knee-jerk reaction to the ginormous data breach The Palmetto State experienced late last year, it looks like clarity of mind and sanity prevails in the SC legislature. The House Majority Leader noted […] read more
According to The Telegraph at macon.com, the Sheriff’s Office is investigating how computers that contained sensitive data ended up on the auction block at govdeals.com. The use of managed full disk encryption like AlertBoot would have prevented this particular data breach quite easily: it would have been a matter of “deleting” the machine from the […] read more