Ten Seconds Is All It Takes To Steal A Laptop. Make Laptop Encryption Part Of Your Endpoint Security Arsenal.

If one does a search for the words “laptop theft” in Google, the third result is the security footage of what looks to be a passing elderly man stealing a laptop.  More specifically, this elderly man scouts the place out and steals the laptop that was displayed at a storefront window in broad daylight, with […] read more

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

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

Eleven Laptops Stolen Out Of Japanese Embassy. No Word On Laptop Security. One Conspiracy Nut Created: Me.

The Yomiuri Shimbun is reporting that eleven laptops were stolen from a Japanese Embassy in Brussels, Belgium.  Japanese expatriates—about 12,700 of them—might be affected.  The information on the laptops included residence certification, overseas voting registrations, and passport information.  The information on residence certification also include personal details such as date of birth, name, permanent address […] read more

Sloppy Laptop Security Can Cost Over $500,000.

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

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

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

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