Data Security: Home Depot’s Execs Switch To Macs, iPhones After Data Breach.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the Home Depot data breach.  Among some of the revelations is that (a) they had actually upgraded to the latest security measures when the data breach was discovered and (b) executives were handed Apple devices to counteract the immediate damage.  Seeing how these were “secure,” it sounds like disk […] read more

HIPAA Data Breach: You’re Still More Likely To Lose Data Than Get Hacked.

The site hitconsultant.net relays that HIPAA covered entities are still more likely to experience a data breach by losing data than by being hacked online – which is why a managed HIPAA encryption solution like AlertBoot is very important in a medical environment.  The site’s conclusions are supported not only by an analysis of the […] read more

The 5th Amendment: Fingerprints Not Protected Like Passwords Are.

When it comes to smartphone encryption, it seems that Apple’s fingerprint-based TouchID unlocking feature is not so great (although most people seem to readily agree that the same, when it comes to mobile payments, is nothing short of miraculous).  A Circuit Court judge has ruled that a defendant can be compelled to give up his […] read more

Canada Data Breach Law To Be Updated, May Impose Fines.

Canada has introduced a bill that, if passed, would amend the Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act by making data breach notifications mandatory.  It looks like safe harbor is not being given specifically for the use of security solutions such as AlertBoot’s managed disk encryption software.  Nevertheless, safety may be found in the language that, […] read more

HIPAA Encryption: Why Use NIST-Validated Encryption?.

The site gawker.com has some click-bait titled “Public NYC Taxicab Database Lets You See How Celebrities Tip.”  Despite the gossipy nature of the title, the article itself goes into some very specifics on how this was possible despite the information being “protected.”  It’s not a giant leap from there to why one must ensure the […] read more

HIPAA Encryption: Medical Record Theft From Shed Affects 40,000 In Jersey City.

Tens of thousands of patients were affected by a medical data breach in New Jersey.  Patient health records, collected between 1982 and 2009, were stolen from the shed of a Jersey City doctor.  The story would be unremarkable except for the number of people involved and the fact that information was stored on paper.  This […] read more

HIPAA Laptop Encryption Used In Stolen South Carolina Dept. Of Mental Health Computer.

I don’t think I’ve ever come across a story where a laptop stolen from a car turns out to be protected according to HIPAA standards.  Well, there’s always a first time for everything: according to thestate.com, laptop encryption was used on a stolen computer that belonged to the South Carolina Department of Mental Health.  And […] 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

Encryption Law: EU Ministers Say Encryption Must Provide Safe Harbor From Publicizing Data Breach.

Details are beginning to emerge for the European Union’s data protection laws.  Like many before it, the use of encryption software is being encouraged in order to safeguard the private information of people who fall under the EU’s jurisdiction.  In addition, a number of other details are being considered as well, such as the use […] read more