HIPAA Data Protection: CDs Donated For Children’s Art Project Cause Medical Data Breach.

As medical organizations become better and better at protecting sensitive data – due largely to HIPAA regulations that “strongly encourage” the use of medical data security tools like AlertBoot’s managed disk encryption for laptops – we are beginning to see the rise of “tail-end” data breach vectors, like the one Virginia Commonwealth University Health System […] read more

Disk Encryption: Emory Healthcare Breaches Data on 315,000 Patients.

Emory Healthcare announced that the theft of 10 computer disks has affected approximately 315,000 people who received treatment at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown (formerly Crawford Long Hospital), and the Emory Clinic Ambulatory Surgery Center.  It wasn’t disclosed whether the information was protected with data encryption software like AlertBoot. However, considering that Emory […] read more

Disk Encryption Software: 1.4M Cattles Group Customers Affected By Breach.

Approximately 1.4 million customer of the Cattles Group — owners of the Welcome Finance loan firm in the UK (whose website currently has a message stating that “Welcome Finance is no longer taking applications for new loans”) — are being notified of a data breach.  Two “backup discs” which haven’t been protected with data encryption […] read more

Medical CD Encryption: Washington MD’s Office Burglarized.

According to a press release, the offices of Paul C. Brown, M.D., P.S., were broken into and equipment stolen.  Among the stolen goods: CDs with patient data.  Based on the fact that the doctor is issuing a press release, it’s obvious that data encryption software like AlertBoot wasn’t used.  Or is it? Over 500 Patients […] read more

Data Encryption Software: The CD Is Dead (AdvancePierre Foods Breach).

The demise of the CD has been long predicted.  After all, it’s a nearly 40-year technology, ancient by any technological standards.  However, I was one of those people who didn’t quite believe that it was dead.  Until today, that is, when I read of a data breach that, for me, marks the beginning of the […] read more

Data Encryption: CD With 1.6 Million Patient Records Sent To UK Landfill.

Dissent at databreaches.net notes that the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has a very short entry regarding a data breach that affects 1.6 million people.  Apparently, a CD was sent to a landfill by mistake.  Furthermore, it appears the information was not protected with medical data encryption, such as proffered by AlertBoot. Ironically, “Physical Security” in […] read more

Data Encryption Software: Lost CD Affects Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) Retirees.

The Stars and Stripes is carrying a small notice that a CD with information on retirees was lost in the last week of August.  The breach affected non-appropriated fund retirees.  The incident could have been easily prevented by the use of data at rest encryption software like AlertBoot.  In fact, the military already has a […] read more

Data Encryption: Morgan Stanley Alerts 34,000 Of Missing CDs.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney has alerted investors — 34,000 of them — that CDs with sensitive information were lost and that they should be on the lookout for possible fraud.  The CDs were password-protected…but were not protected with data encryption software like AlertBoot. A terrible move in hindsight, but a common one, especially when it […] read more