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

Data Encryption And SMBs – The Smaller You Are, The Greater The On-Line Threat.

Many of the stories covered in the media regarding data and security breaches involves companies that are large, usually Fortune 500, maybe Fortune 1000.  We must not forget, however, that any business needs to practice proper security when it comes to customer data.  For example, the Boston Globe covers today the theft of customers’ credit […] 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

University Sends Internal Student List To Student – Why Data Encryption Will Always Be Needed.

Eight thousand students and applicants to Duquesne University narrowly avoided becoming victims to a data breach.  Or, rather, they avoided becoming victims to personal information peddlers.  A file containing mostly students’ financial information was sent by mistake to a Duquesne student, who promptly reported the incident to university officials.  The information included Social Security numbers […] read more

Laptop Security As Part of Freshman Orientation?.

A new school year has started in the United States, and already there seems to be a deluge of laptop theft stories in the media.  A small number of them are covered in the national media, such as the laptop theft in Arizona that affected students in Iowa:  a former teaching assistant in Iowa had […] read more

TSA Requires Disk Encryption Following Several Losses.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has effectively ordered contractors to encrypt all data related to TSA activities.  Apparently, the tipping point was the recent loss of two laptops that carried the information of nearly four thousand Hazmat truckers.  This is not the first time the TSA has had issues with lost data: earlier this year […] read more

Is Disk Encryption Effective When A Trusted Employee Is Involved In The Crime?.

I’ve read today an article where Joseph Harris, a former manager of the San Jose Medical Group, was sentenced to 21 months in prison.  He also has to pay $145,154 in restitution and will be under supervision for three years after his release.  His crime?  Stealing computer equipment from the branch he was working at […] read more

Written Rules Are Worthless When It Comes To Ensuring Data Security.

While scanning the latest data security breach stories, I have noticed that a lot of them involve institutions of higher learning.  Most of them involve theft of digital devices, mostly laptops.  It’s only now that I’ve realized that a new school year has started just recently.  Most of these cases are trivial, if you will.  […] read more

Full Disk Encryption For the Really (Really) Bad Times?.

I have been following a story for the past couple of days regarding the political events in Burma (Myanmar, if you prefer).  More specifically, I’m following, or have attempted to follow an article that showed up in the Times where it was claimed that Burmese police and diplomats showed up at United Nations offices in […] read more