Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Pays $3.2 Million To Settle HIPAA Violations.

The Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) recently settled with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over multiple failures to encrypt sensitive data in mobile devices. The settlement – $3.2 million dollars – is quite the figure, as is the timeline involved: It looks like an investigation could have been started as […] read more

Netherlands Officially Files 5,500 Breach Notifications In 2016.

The Personal Data Protection Authority of the Netherlands (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, “AP”) revealed last week that they received nearly 5,500 data breach notifications in 2016, the first year of mandatory data breach notifications for the European country. This contrasts with the 980 data breaches in the same period for the US, compiled by the Identity Theft […] read more

US Government Committee Concludes (Yet Again) That Encryption Backdoors Undesirable.

As the year draws to a close – and what a year! – we finally have some good, sensible news: the US government has found that “any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest,” and so encryption backdoors are an untenable scenario. This should be the final and decisive nail to the coffin […] read more

iPhone Encryption: FL Appeals Judge Says “OK” to Compel Password.

A new iPhone encryption case is making the headlines. Unlike many of the controversial ones to date, I think it can safely be said that in this case, the courts were right in compelling the suspect to unlock his smartphone.   Up-Skirt Videos A voyeur – we’ll call him John Doe, although his name was […] read more

Laptop Encryption: Chesapeake Public Schools Laptop Theft Affects Over 10,000 Employees.

According to a couple of sources, Chesapeake Public Schools in Virginia is notifying employees about a potential data breach. Per their announcement, nearly 11,000 people could be affected by the theft of a laptop computer. It appears that laptop encryption software was not used to protect the contents. Password protection, however, was used. Assuming that […] read more

California Amends Data Breach Notification For Encrypted Data.

Beginning on January 1, 2017, organizations in California cannot automatically assume that personal details are safe if they were encrypted at the time of a data breach. This, in turn, means that businesses and other organizations will have to give some thought as to whether a data breach must be made public.   Encrypted Personal […] read more

Cloud Services: Will It Be There When You Need It?.

How much should you (or can you) trust the cloud to be there when you need it? Last week, the top US internet sites went dark, on and off, for a couple of hours or so due to a historically unprecedented denial of service attack (DDoS). Over the past week, we’ve learnt that the assault […] read more

Those NSA Tools Being Auctioned? One Should Blame USB Disks, Apparently.

We don’t hear anymore from the “old school” types of data breaches: lost or stolen laptops, computers that were stolen during a break-in, USB flashdrives that disappeared, etc. The last memorable case – now two years ago – involved a doctor who was tied to a tree by a couple of thugs and ordered to […] read more

Frequent Password Changes Not A Secure Data Security Practice.

According to the Federal Trade Commission’s Chief Technologist, forcing users to frequently change their password can be counterproductive when it comes to fighting data breaches. Mind you, it’s not the frequency itself that leads to security weaknesses. Rather, it’s what happens at the weakest link in most security systems — individual behavior — that leads […] read more