Longer Passwords Is The Way To Security.

In a continuation to the post from last week, it looks like it’s not only the FTC’s Chief Technologist that is waging war against the periodic renewal of passwords. The National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) is apparently onboard as well, and they will also be recommending that something be done about password complexity […] read more

Manhattan DA Asks Apple and Google To Roll Back – Not Weaken – Encryption (Kinda the Same Thing, Mister).

It’s just like a lawyer to sing a differen tune to confuse the issue. Last week, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. spoke at the International Conference on Cyber Security (all quotes from tomsguide.com): [He] said that law enforcement officials did not need an encryption “backdoor,” sidestepping a concern of computer-security experts and device makers […] read more

Medical Laptop Disk Encryption: Valley Community Healthcare Reports Stolen (Unencrypted) Laptop.

One of the worst US states in which to have a data breach, especially a medical data breach, is probably California: in addition to federal HIPAA regulations, California has shown itself to be quite aggressive when dealing with medical entities that experience a data breach.  Indeed, there’s some (valid) criticism that the CA Dept. of […] read more

New York Data Security Law: AG Pursuing Law Updates, Will Introduce Safe Harbor.

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced last week that he will be pursuing updates to the state’s data security laws.  Among the proposals are changes to the legal definition of “personal information”; introducing safe harbor for companies that meet security standards; and encouraging the sharing of forensic data.  It sounds as if security […] read more

Laptop Disk Encryption: 2014 Year-End Brings Out Multiple Instances Of Laptop Theft.

As 2014 winds down, I was really under the belief that data breaches caused by the loss or theft of unencrypted laptops were really down – I hadn’t come across too many stories involving them over the past year, relatively speaking.  I had attributed this turn of events to possibly the increased use of disk […] read more