Laptop Data Encryption For SMBs – Small And Medium Sized Businesses.

Data encryption for SMBs: It’s an issue that bears looking into because of the upcoming compliance requirements with Massachusetts’s 201 CMR 17.00 legislation (aka the “data breach laws”). While there are many aspects to cover under 201 CMR 17.00–including the protection of paper documents under lock–perhaps the issue that has raised the most ruckus is […] read more

Data Encryption Software Exemption To Federal Law On Data Breach And Identity Theft Risk Passed By House.

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would set a nationwide rule similar to California’s SB 1386 (Cali’s data breach notification law, as some call it).  Among other similarities, it grants safe harbor for any companies that use data encryption to minimize the risk of a security breach of people’s personal information. “Encryption” […] read more

Data Security: HIPAA vs HITECH – Mandating Patient Notification.

There is a lot of controversy over making data encryption mandatory vs. strongly encouraging it (and being “punished” with notifications in the event of a data breach where encryption was not used, hence “encouraging it”). However, if you take a look at the recent Wentworth-Douglass Hospital debacle, one wonders whether strong encouragement can really get […] read more

Data Security: T-Mobile Experiences A Data Breach…But Not Really.

There are many aspects to data security, like the use of drive encryption software, antivirus software, firewalls, etc.  However, the biggest and central one is monitoring.  Basically, making sure that things are going as planned, and looking to see if anything has gone awry.  Otherwise, one may end up finding–quite belatedly–that they’ve suffered a breach. […] read more

Drive Encryption: Missing Tape Affects UK Farmers Tied To RPA.

If you’re a farmer in the UK, and have ever taken a payment from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA), consider yourself a victim of a data breach.  The RPA has lost computer tapes with information on farmers who have ever received a EU subsidy payment.  The tapes were not protected with encryption, as required. 39 […] read more

Data Security Update: Lost CalOptima CDs Found.

We got the following notice in our e-mail from Laer Pearce & Associates: Regarding the item you ran recently regarding a data breach at CalOptima, this matter has been resolved successfully. From the healthcare blog at today’s Orange County Register: Lost personal information of Medical members is found October 29th, 2009, 6:00 am by Courtney […] read more

Drive Encryption Software: UK Companies Report 356 Data Breaches In Less Than One Year.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that UK CIOs have reported 356 instances of data breaches since November 2008.  Of these, 222 instances (60%) would have been fully preventable via the use of drive encryption like AlertBoot. The 222 instances I mentioned include the loss or theft of hardware (memory sticks, laptops, etc.) and […] read more

Data Encryption Software: CalOptima Loses Unencrypted CDs.

Update 29 OCT 2009: CDs recovered.  CalOptima in Orange County has announced the loss of several CDs containing personal information of members.  It will affect approximately 68,000 people.  The use of data encryption software like AlertBoot would have been extremely useful, on a number of fronts. What Was Lost The CDs contained “names, home addresses, dates […] read more

Hard Disk Encryption? Paper Documents Get Stolen, Too.

Encryption, encryption, encryption.  The message oft repeated in this blog is, if you have a computer with sensitive data, make sure you use some kind of data security product like hard disk encryption from AlertBoot to protect its contents. However, encryption cannot be your only data security tool, as the following story shows.  Remember, it’s […] read more