Another Day, Another Data Breach At A Government Facility: US Department of Veteran Affairs Missing (Even More) Computers.

Hot on the trail of the UK Government’s misplacement of two CDs with sensitive information on nearly half of all Britannia, there’s a small story concerning the Veteran Affairs office in the US.  Three PCs, two of them desktop machines and one of them a laptop, are missing from a medical facility in Indiana.  The […] read more

UK Up In Arms Over Loss Of Two CDs. 25 Million Britons Affected By Lack of Data Encryption.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has lost two CDs containing the details of 25 million people in the United Kingdom.  With the official population of the UK at 60.5 million, this represents slightly less than half of all the people in that country.  The matter was grave enough, combined with other data breaches at the […] read more

Laptop Encryption Is The Most Commonsense Way To Protect Portable Computers.

InformationWeek has an in-depth article on preventing data loss, and has fingered encryption as a must-have in one’s arsenal.  They correctly point out that it’s the most “commonsense” way to protect data, and that it also helps avoid penalties in certain states if the computer were to be stolen.   How powerful is encryption?  It […] read more

Eleven Laptops Stolen Out Of Japanese Embassy. No Word On Laptop Security. One Conspiracy Nut Created: Me.

The Yomiuri Shimbun is reporting that eleven laptops were stolen from a Japanese Embassy in Brussels, Belgium.  Japanese expatriates—about 12,700 of them—might be affected.  The information on the laptops included residence certification, overseas voting registrations, and passport information.  The information on residence certification also include personal details such as date of birth, name, permanent address […] read more

Laptop Security For University Students.

The Daily Bruin, a UCLA publication, is carrying an article about laptop thefts on their campus.  Eleven computer-related thefts were already reported in the month of October, despite the fact that this is not the beginning of the year anymore, and hence, one would assume, that students are not as trusting as they were at […] read more

Data Center In Chicago Is Broken Into (Twice!): Why Hard Disk Encryption Should Be Considered Even When You’ve Got Cages and Security Guards.

An article in theregister.co.uk mentions how a Chicago-based data hosting center, C I Host, was broken into twice.  The more recent case was about a month ago, on October 2nd, when armed robbers (!) broke into the facility by “cutting into the reinforced walls with a power saw.”  The night manager present was tasered and […] read more

EMS Laptop Missing: Approximately 30,000 Potentially Affected By Lack of True Endpoint Security.

A laptop used by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel went missing in North Carolina.  The device was left on the bumper of an ambulance.  While details are sketchy, it sounds like the computer was left by accident on the ambulance, and somebody swung by and lifted it.  Or, it could have been left on the […] read more

Laptop Security, Theft, And Public Relations: Password Protection Is Not “Protection” If There Is No Device Encryption.

We seem to have a new trend: I’m seeing more and more instances of people stating after a data breach that the lost or stolen computer was not encrypted but was password?protected: The Home Depot and the Kiski Area School District instances are the two that come into mind as of right now, but there […] read more

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