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

UK Doctors To Be Prosecuted If Laptop Encryption Not Present In Stolen Devices?.

Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner in the UK, has told the Lords’ Constitution Committee that doctors who have their laptops stolen due to carelessness should end up in court.  Of course, the matter is not as simple as it sounds.  Mr. Thomas’s words were as follows:   “If a doctor, or hospital [employee] leaves a […] 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

Healthcare Provider Loses Mobile Data Device, Issues Letter and Credit Monitoring. I Presume The Device Was Not Encrypted (Not that I Blame Them In This Case).

Clarian Health has notified over 1200 patients that their information might have been compromised.  These patients were in the Clarian transplant program, and one of the transplant coordinators misplaced “a device similar to a Palm Pilot.”  Before anyone goes around saying that such information should not be on such a small device to begin with, […] 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

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