Pfizer is back in the news due to another security breach. It’s the fourth time in four months. I can almost imagine employees starting a pool to see if there’s a fifth event next month. However, like the Gap incident a couple weeks ago, this particular incident is not due to Pfizer’s fault. An outside […] read more
Connecticut State Employee Who Lost Laptop Is (Possibly) Identified: Mobile Data Security Revisited.
The Connecticut state employee who lost a laptop on the trip to Long Island, New York has been identified indirectly via police records. The employee (I will not be in naming him here since the state will not confirm the identity; if you’re really desperate to have a name, Google it.), was a veteran worker […] read more
Over the past couple of months I have read short pieces here and there on researchers buying used hard drives from secondhand sources and testing to see whether previous data can be extracted using sophisticated software and other data recovery methods. The hard drives come from a variety of sources. Usually they are bought in […] read more
I was commenting on the Coppola theft in Argentina the other day, and made some generalizations about how encryption and security ought to be part of the creative process in the digital era. Well, the entertainment industry is again in the news for a major theft. Photographs and computers being used for the production of […] read more
There is an interesting passage in the New Zealand Herald today: A small business director says: “I was sitting at a conference and had my laptop set up in front of me to take notes. On the hard drive there were also confidential pricing pitches to potential customers. At morning tea, I stepped out for a […] read more
It looks like there isn’t a lot of media coverage, but there’s a small article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette a hacker gained illegal access to servers for the Nature Conservancy. Personal information regarding 14,000 people may have been compromised, including employees and their families. Payroll information, including direct deposit bank account numbers, was part […] read more
Francis Ford Coppola, the acclaimed director of numerous movies, but most well-known for The Godfather trilogy, has issued over the weekend a press release asking for the return of a backup device to his computer files. Burglars entered his production office and home in Argentina (Coppola was slated to begin shooting a new movie in […] read more
The Gap, the San Francisco-based clothes retailer, has just issued a press release that a laptop containing the information of 800,000 job applicants has been stolen. In all fairness, this is not the fault of The Gap, but one of the vendors that they hired to manage the job applicant data. Just when I thought […] read more
I’ve been revisiting some security breach cases from earlier this year, and one of the more confounding ones is the data breach that happened at the VA in Birmingham, Alabama. A hard drive, with some of the files encrypted but most of them not, was stolen from the premises. The VA Office Inspector General released […] read more
State of Connecticut Latest Victim of Ohio Tape Theft – Why Data Encyption Should Be a Key Weapon In Your Security Arsenal.
The state of Connecticut is back in the news due to another security breach. You’ll remember that a state laptop was stolen earlier this month, and I remarked that laptop encryption by AlertBoot would have helped in this case. The Connecticut government is not to blame in this particular instance, however. The state is getting […] read more