Even the Film Industry Needs Encryption.

Francis Ford Coppola, the acclaimed director of numerous movies, but most well-known for The Godfather trilogy, has issued over the weekend a press release asking for the return of a backup device to his computer files.  Burglars entered his production office and home in Argentina (Coppola was slated to begin shooting a new movie in […] read more

Ensure There Is No Gap When It Comes To Laptop Encryption.

The Gap, the San Francisco-based clothes retailer, has just issued a press release that a laptop containing the information of 800,000 job applicants has been stolen.  In all fairness, this is not the fault of The Gap, but one of the vendors that they hired to manage the job applicant data.  Just when I thought […] read more

Here’s Why All Data Should Be Encrypted – Regardless Of What The Official Policies Are.

I’ve been revisiting some security breach cases from earlier this year, and one of the more confounding ones is the data breach that happened at the VA in Birmingham, Alabama.  A hard drive, with some of the files encrypted but most of them not, was stolen from the premises.  The VA Office Inspector General released […] read more

A Mobile Office Requires Endpoint Security.

According to the article at SecurityPark.net, a SonicWALL survey shows that more and more business leaders and managers are getting comfortable with the idea of remote working.  The reasons for this increasing positive attitude seem to be heavily geared towards employee motivation and the cost of doing business (the savings on office space! What a […] read more

Governator Wants to Plug Up Holes – Unless You Have Encryption.

It looks like businesses in California and, if history serves, in the rest of the United States might soon have an incentive to really start taking a look at their security policies (things seem to spread from California to the rest of the country).  A bill in California will force retailers to reimburse banks and […] read more

Application Control – Whitelists for Controlling Malware.

There is news that security vendors are beginning to rethink their philosophy on how to protect computers.  The current practice is for security vendors to create blacklists of software that is not allowed to run on a computer.  This protects computer users from the installation of malicious software.  The problem with such a strategy is […] read more

Who Protects Those Who Police Us? Law Enforcement Needs File Encryption In More Ways Than Expected.

The need for data protection might be highest for those who protect us.  I recently read an article concerning an accident that happened in York, England.  A spreadsheet containing the personal information of police constables and deputy constables was posted to the York county’s website.  Among the information listed were Social Security numbers and home […] read more

Application Control Is An Effective Method To Stem Malware For Endpoint Security.

There is news today that Germany’s Federal Crime Office has busted a gang of phishing scammers.   The gang has been under surveillance for about 18 months, and the arrests have been in several German cities.  The gang was actually composed of people from Germany, Russia, and the Ukraine.  Unlike the initial phishing techniques used […] read more

The Dark Continent Suffers from Cyberattacks, Just Like Any Other Country. Why They Need Data Encrytion.

Here’s a new twist on an old problem.  Many of us associate phishing scams coming from some part of Africa.  This is in no small part due to all the spam e-mails that, if we were to allow them to introduce themselves, we certainly would end up assisting them financially, for we might end up […] read more

Device Encryption Is Optional Under HIPAA – Until Something Gets Stolen.

It is a glorious evening in Boston, and I see here in the news that McKesson, a pharmaceuticals distributor in the United States, had two computers stolen on July 18.  The computers had confidential patient data in them.  While this was reported earlier this morning on Fox news, it looks like it is hitting the […] read more