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

Hard Drive Encryption Software: Roane State Community College Data Breach.

9,747 current and former students and 1,194 employees at Roane State Community College have been alerted to a data breach.  The data was stored on a USB drive.  While the academic institution does have “policies [to] define rules for protecting confidential data,” it hasn’t been revealed whether full disk encryption like AlertBoot was used to […] read more

Louisiana Personal Information Data Privacy Notification And Encryption Laws: SB 205 Act 499.

Louisiana passed a data breach notification law which went into effect on January 1, 2006.  The law is called the “Database Security Breach Notification Law” (Senate Bill 205 Act 499), and requires any people or companies that lose sensitive, personal data to notify those that are affected.  If the information was protected using encryption software, […] read more

Data Security Stats: Only 7% of Chinese Firms Don’t Know Whether They Had A Breach?.

I’ve come across many security stats in the course of blogging for a data encryption company.  And, I’m often reminded of Mark Twain’s observation (attributed to Disraeli), “there are lies, damn lies, and statistics,” such as in the following case. According to a zdnet.co.uk article, a little under 50% of all UK firms know whether […] read more

Hard Disk Encryption: Halifax Health Laptop Stolen From Car.

A laptop belonging to Halifax Health was stolen in late August.  The computer contained the billing information of 33,000 patients.  Password-protection was used, although there is no mention on the use of hard drive encryption like AlertBoot to protect the contents. The laptop was stolen from an employee’s car in Orange County.  I’m assuming that […] read more

Data Encryption: BlueCross BlueShield Breach Prompts Affiliates’ Notifications.

Highmark Inc. Also Announces Breach To Physicians It’s finally started.  The big news this week was the theft of a laptop computer with personal details for all doctors in the BlueCross BlueShield network.  Drive encryption software was not used on the laptop, automatically turning the computer theft to a data breach (a massive one.  Over […] read more

Drive Encryption Software: HHS Standard Urged To Be Lowered.

I noted two weeks ago how new HIPAA regulations provided safe harbor to health care providers if patient data is protected, such as via the use of data encryption software, during a data breach.  I also noted how there were criticisms to it: the entities that experienced the breach were also in charge of determining […] read more