Workplace Education As Important As Data Encryption When It Comes To Endpoint Security: A Calculation.

According to a national survey conducted by ISACA, thirty-five percent of US workers have violated their company’s IT policies.  Sixteen percent have also used peer-to-peer filesharing programs at work.  When put in this context, I guess, it’s not surprising that major companies such as Pfizer and Citigroup had a major data breaches in the past […] read more

Khaki Bandit: Extreme Social Engineering (or, An Extreme Reason For Greenlighting Laptop Encryption).

The Khaki Bandit.  That’s how Eric Almly was known in Milwaukee when they didn’t have a name to match up with the burglaries.  He’s been connected to computer thefts in Minnesota, California, Arizona, and Florida.  Supposedly, Almly’s modus operandi was to walk into corporate offices and lift laptops found in the office.  He wouldn’t walk […] read more

There’s That Word Again: Hope, And The Data Security Blues.

  “Saving money and being PCI-compliant is important to us, but equally important is protecting ourselves against intruders. Even though we have some breathing room with PCI, we are still vulnerable with WEP as our security key. It must be a risk we are willing to take for the sake of saving money and hoping […] read more

Continuing TJX Legal Saga Further Highlights Need For Data Protection And Encryption.

TJX is back in the news, and in a big way.  The reason for the brouhaha is the new estimated number of credit card accounts compromised when TJX security was breached last year.  The new number is 94 million, double the original TJX estimates of 46 million, as reported in a court filing.  The new […] read more

The Heart Wants, And The Mind Says Yes To Mobile Encryption…But The Body Doesn’t Follow?.

There were reports last week that a laptop containing personal information on over 160,000 people was stolen from Administaff, Inc., a Houston-based company.  Administaff is a company that engages in outsourcing personnel management services, such as payroll administration.  As such, it’s not surprising that Administaff deals with a lot of personal information, or that the […] read more

Alumni Data And University Administrative Functions: Data Encryption Is Vital, For Now.

There is news today that over seven thousand former students of the University of Cincinnati were affected in a data breach.  A flash drive with sensitive information on 7366 students and graduates was stolen from an employee’s desk. One of the people interviewed for the article, Cybil Pearson, stated that she had not been at […] read more

Data Security Is Even More Necessary Where HIPAA And Celebrities Meet.

Celebrities—be they rock stars or presidential candidates or that crazy guy in the corner screaming about the end of the earth—are ultimately people.  They will get sick, and that means that they will have to go to a hospital at some point.  Now, because there is a lot of sensitive and confidential patient data used […] read more

Pharmaceutical Company Back In The News Because Of Computer Security.

Pfizer is back in the news due to another security breach.  It’s the fourth time in four months.  I can almost imagine employees starting a pool to see if there’s a fifth event next month.  However, like the Gap incident a couple weeks ago, this particular incident is not due to Pfizer’s fault.  An outside […] read more

Government Agency Uses More Laptops, Requires Mobile Data Protection.

A Department of Revenue Services (DRS) laptop computer containing the information of 106,000 Connecticut taxpayers was stolen.  One might wonder, why was taxpayer information stored on a portable computer?  My assumption is that most taxpayers would want sensitive information to be sequestered in a building, behind guards, the computer bolted onto the desk itself.  Well, […] read more