The Fox Channel in Nashville is reporting that a laptop computer with information on 700 employees of the Dickson County Board of Education was stolen. The theft seems to have taken place over the past weekend, and employees have a reason for being concerned: names, salary information, and Social Security numbers were stored on the […] read more
The story that Stanford University has lost a laptop computer has been making the rounds since Monday. I thought I’d give myself a break from these “university loses computer—tens of thousands of people affected!!!” stories; however, there are so many wonderful comments (read: opinions that are mired in the technological Middle Ages) on so many […] read more
The University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics are getting ready to inform approximately 2.2 million patients and guarantors that their information may be compromised, although they’d find it highly unlikely. According to businesswire.com, a company hired by the University of Utah lost a shipment of tapes with backups of billing records. The tapes allegedly had […] read more
The site tricities.com has an ongoing report from News Channel 11 on the theft of a desktop computer that may compromise the personal information of 6,200 East Tennessee State University (ETSU) staff, students, and alumni. Although one wonders what else could have been done to prevent the theft itself, a data breach could have been […] read more
Full Disk Encryption And Other Measures Not Implemented In Canadian Companies: At Risk Of Privacy Disaster.
Canada’s privacy commissioner released a report on Tuesday stating that our neighbors up north are subject to inexcusable security breaches because companies won’t use some of the most basic methods of protecting personal information, like full disk encryption on laptops, according to an article at the nationalpost.com. According to Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, “nine in 10 […] read more
Police in New Glasgow were looking into the theft of a flash drive from the Pictou Country Health Authority office, according to thechronicleherald.ca. Approximately 150 clients were affected, and as of today, about two thirds of them were contacted regarding the issue. Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue since the authority uses disk encryption on […] read more
The negative aspects of the digital world have begun to rear their ugly heads. It took some time, but they’re here, and in full force. Going digital has meant that everything happens at the speed of light, as one CEO had stated when this particular revolution began. The problem is, of course, that when everything […] read more
State Street Corp., the global money manager based out of Boston, is alerting 45,000 customers and employees that they may be at an increased chance of identity theft. More specifically, they’re legacy customers and employees from Investors Financial Services (IBT), a firm that State Street acquired last year. IBT had retained the services of a […] read more
Another hospital in the UK has fallen to a data breach due to the lack of data encryption. The Isle of Wight NHS (National Health Services) has announced that they’re moving rapidly to encrypt their data, and is recommending it to all medical practices, according to the healthcarerepublic.com. I, too, would agree that full disk […] read more
Laptop Losers Hall Of Shame Shows Importance Of Hard Drive Encryption For All Computer Types: A Commentary.
Networkworld.com has a small slideshow of the top ten worst data breaches of all time when it comes to unencrypted data. Of course, these are only known instances, as networkworld.com points out. They also point out that the data breaches could have been prevented if the laptops in question had been secured with hard drive […] read more