Hard Disk Encryption: Victoria House Children’s Centre Data Breach.

A staff member at Victoria House Children’s Centre in Barnstaple, UK breached protocol (and data security laws) when a USB flashdrive was stolen from her.  Obviously, the use of drive encryption like AlertBoot would have prevented the breach from ever taking place. Such technological solutions are always preferable over what Action for Children (AFC) — […] read more

Full Disk Encryption: Craven District Council Signs Undertaking For Laptop Theft.

The Craven District Council (quite the unfortunate name, that) has signed an Undertaking with the Information Commissioner’s Office.  A laptop which contained information on 2,300 children was stolen.  The device as not protected with disk encryption software like AlertBoot.  So why weren’t they fined? Proper Security I keep track of ICO monetary penalties.  In the […] read more

Tablet Encryption: Motorola Sells Used Xooms With User Data Unwiped.

The WSJ reports that Motorola was caught selling pre-owned (technically, refurbished) Xoom tablets with the prior owner’s data on it.  I’ve often noted that the use of data encryption  like AlertBoot is a precautionary measure because you never know what might happen.  This is not quite what I had in mind. Woot! According to wsj.com, […] read more

Laptop Encryption Software: Waterloo Region District School Board Computers Stolen.

The Waterloo Region District School Board in Ontario, Canada has announced a data breach.  It’s its third breach in less than a year.  The announcement, however, leaves much to be desired.  They imply that something like disk encryption software was used, but don’t come out and say it outright. Look, Waterloo Region District School Board: […] read more

Data Encryption: Data Was Recovered From Bradley Manning’s Computer.

According to a wired.com article, a link between Bradley Manning and Julian Assange was recovered by the US Army.  My question here is, why didn’t Manning just use full disk data encryption software and then lose the key? Zerofill.  One Pass. The Army presented chat logs that link Bradley Manning with Julian Assange (and WikiLeaks).  […] read more

Reminder: California Breach Notification Law Amended, Beginning 2012, AG Must Be Notified.

A timely reminder for the new year: Beginning on January 1, 2012, any businesses that have a data breach must alert the California Attorney General’s office if more than 500 Californians are affected.  I’m pretty sure that this does not extend to any sensitive information that was protected with adequate data protection tools, like AlertBoot’s […] read more