The value of the data on those who do carry valuable information on their laptops is $525,000 on average. This was the result of a survey commissioned by a company that specializes in offering secured wireless and wired broadband services to hotels and conference centers. The survey included 491 participants, all of them users […] 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
Workplace Education As Important As Data Encryption When It Comes To Endpoint Security: A Calculation.
According to a national survey conducted by ISACA, thirty-five percent of US workers have violated their company’s IT policies. Sixteen percent have also used peer-to-peer filesharing programs at work. When put in this context, I guess, it’s not surprising that major companies such as Pfizer and Citigroup had a major data breaches in the past […] read more
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
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
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
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
A Department of Revenue Services (DRS) laptop computer containing the information of 106,000 Connecticut taxpayers was stolen. One might wonder, why was taxpayer information stored on a portable computer? My assumption is that most taxpayers would want sensitive information to be sequestered in a building, behind guards, the computer bolted onto the desk itself. Well, […] read more