Data Encryption: Creating Passphrases That You Can Memorize While Thwarting Would-Be Monitors.

Over at, The Intercept has an article on creating passphrases (not passwords) that are strong and memorizable.  The trick lies in the number of elements (that is, how many words are used in the passphrase) and randomness.  Indeed, the principle is not different from how encryption works to secure data.  For example, AlertBoot’s managed […] read more

Data Encryption: Game Livestreaming Site "Twitch" Resets Encrypted Passwords.

If you’re not a gamer or interested in computer games, you may not be familiar with Twitch, a site that streams live feeds of people playing (and commenting on) titles like League of Legends or Counter-Strike.  However, the site is extremely popular – notes that it’s the “fourth largest site… in terms of peak […] read more

Data Encryption: Can Moral Hazard Account For Low Levels Of Corporate Data Security?.

Over at, an article is tackling “why companies have little incentive to invest in cybersecurity.”  One of the arguments is that companies encounter moral hazard.  That is, they’re don’t really feel the effects of the risk of their actions because someone or something else is taking care of the hazard. Moral Hazard – Beneficiaries […] read more

Connecticut Data Encryption: Senator To Propose Required Encryption For Insurance Companies.

It looks like Connecticut could be following in the footsteps of New Jersey: according to, state senators are considering proposing legislation that would require Insurance companies to encrypt any sensitive personal data.   If said proposal passes, it would become the second state I know of that makes it mandatory for insurance companies to use […] read more

Data Encryption Security: Target Unable To Stop Banks From Suing Over 1-Year Old Data Breach.

Approximately one year ago, retail behemoth Target experienced one of the largest data breaches in history.  The saga still continues; recently, a federal judge rejected the company’s wishes to dismiss a lawsuit filed by banks.  The implication, should the banks win, would be that companies can be sued for security failures.  For example, perhaps computers […] read more

Data Encryption: Apartment Front Office Broken Into For Personal Info.

According to, the front office of a Houston apartment complex was broken into in August, resulting in the theft of personal information for hundreds of people.  What’s new, right?  Well, it turns out the thieves got the information from a filing cabinet.  In other words, because a computer or other electronic media was not […] read more

Data Encryption: TD Bank Settles For $850,000 After 1.5-Yr Long Investigation Over Lost Data Tapes.

In 2012, TD Bank reported the loss of backup tapes.  With over 250,000 people affected, it was one of the top data breaches for that year.  The lack of data encryption on the tapes – plus the fact that this happened in Massachusetts, which is considered to have one of the most onerous data security […] read more

Data Encryption: Delaware Passes Law That Requires Destruction Of PII.

Delaware has passed a law (which becomes effective on January 1, 2015) declaring that “commercial entities” must destroy any personally identifiable information (PII) belonging to consumers that is “no longer to be retained by the commercial entity.”  In other words, when disposing of PII, commercial entities must destroy customers’ information.  Of course, like most legislation, […] read more