HIPAA Data Protection: CDs Donated For Children’s Art Project Cause Medical Data Breach.

As medical organizations become better and better at protecting sensitive data – due largely to HIPAA regulations that “strongly encourage” the use of medical data security tools like AlertBoot’s managed disk encryption for laptops – we are beginning to see the rise of “tail-end” data breach vectors, like the one Virginia Commonwealth University Health System […] read more

iPhone Data Security: Does The "Data Wipe" Functionality Not Work?.

Wired Magazine claims in its headlines that one should “Break Out a Hammer” because “You’ll Never Believe the Data ‘Wiped’ Smartphones Store.”  The implication is that information remains behind on smartphones when they are wiped.  While there is nothing factually wrong with the article, the headline is misleading.  You might as well proclaim, “Dinosaurs dangerous […] read more

Sharing Laptops With Encryption: U. Of Mississippi Medical Center Patient Data Breach.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is notifying patients who visited UMMC between 2008 and January 2013 that their health information may have been stored on a laptop computer that’s “missing.”  Apparently, the device was not protected with laptop encryption like AlertBoot, which may have been a result of the laptop being “a shared […] read more

Canada Data Encryption: Ottawa Pensioners’ Information Breached in Philippines.

The ottawacitizen.com reports that approximately 800 Ottawa pensioners were affected when a hard drive belonging to Towers Watson — the American firm that specializes in human resources consulting — went missing from storage in Manila, the Philippines.  The drive in question was not protected with the likes of AlertBoot hard disk encryption. Company Thinks There’s […] read more

Hospital Laptop Encryption: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Data Breach Affects 3,900.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is alerting 3,900 patients that a laptop computer with personal medical information was stolen.  The article at bostonglobe.com reveals that a tracking device was used on the laptop, but it’s not mentioned whether the device was protected with data encryption software like AlertBoot.  Regardless, patients should be able to rest […] read more