Laptop Disk Encryption: 2014 Year-End Brings Out Multiple Instances Of Laptop Theft.

As 2014 winds down, I was really under the belief that data breaches caused by the loss or theft of unencrypted laptops were really down – I hadn’t come across too many stories involving them over the past year, relatively speaking.  I had attributed this turn of events to possibly the increased use of disk […] read more

Data Breaches: Overcompensating Data Breach Victims Can Backfire.

At some point, US organizations that became the victims of a data breach started offering credit and other financial monitoring services for free.  These were meant, among other things, as an apology to customers, patients, clients, employees, what have you for the failure to protect sensitive data.  New research seems to suggest that this could […] read more

HIPAA Encryption: Laptop from Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Stolen, 2800 Affected.

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NHMC) – which counts as affiliates Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern Medical Group – notified approximately 2,800 people of a data breach.  A laptop computer that was not protected with HIPAA-strength encryption was stolen from an employee’s vehicle.  According to chicagotribune.com, the hospital group took more than 2 […] read more

HIPAA Data Protection: CDs Donated For Children’s Art Project Cause Medical Data Breach.

As medical organizations become better and better at protecting sensitive data – due largely to HIPAA regulations that “strongly encourage” the use of medical data security tools like AlertBoot’s managed disk encryption for laptops – we are beginning to see the rise of “tail-end” data breach vectors, like the one Virginia Commonwealth University Health System […] read more

HIPAA Laptop Encryption: Corvallis Clinic Announces Data Breach.

A clinic in Oregon has announced a data breach due to the theft of a laptop computer.  Obviously, the use of a cryptographic solution like AlertBoot’s managed disk encryption would have prevented the data breach, as well as providing safe harbor from HIPAA/HITECH’s Breach Notification Rule. However, the story is complicated by the fact that […] read more