As you travel and shop over the holidays, keep in mind that criminals will be working overtime in ways you don’t expect. According to wired.com, incidents where thieves are using Bluetooth scanners are increasing. At least, it’s the only conclusion to be drawn in a number of cases where phones and other electronics were stolen […] 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
Is the use of encryption a silver-bullet for HIPAA covered entities that are looking to gain safe harbor from the notification policies found under the HITECH Breach Notification Rule? Generally, yes. There is a caveat, however, as Amedisys’s recent breach notification shows: you must be able to prove that the encrypted data remains secure after […] read more
According to dailymail.co.uk and other sites, the offices of Dr. Johannes Peil were broken into last week. Whether this caused a data breach hasn’t been revealed but it has certainly raised the alarm because Dr. Peil is the doctor to F1 racecar driver Michael Schumacher and other prominent individuals. One would hope, based on the […] read more
The following data breach harkens back to the days of old when hackers from China, Russia, North Korea, or whatever country you can think of, were not involved in a data breach. I wish I could say it’s a breath of fresh air but, honestly, I’d prefer that such data breaches don’t take place. According […] read more
Lawyer Laptop Encryption: San Francisco Attorney Notifies Clients of Laptop Theft, Potential Data Breach.
A data breach can be a devastating experience. Even more so if the breach involves a particular profession where privacy, anonymity, and secrecy happen to be paramount. That’s why a medical data breach hits people more closely than a retailer’s data breach. And why a data breach involving the legal profession seems even more alarming. […] read more
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NHMC) – which counts as affiliates Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern Medical Group – notified approximately 2,800 people of a data breach. A laptop computer that was not protected with HIPAA-strength encryption was stolen from an employee’s vehicle. According to chicagotribune.com, the hospital group took more than 2 […] read more
According to some of the latest findings, the average cost of a lost laptop is over $49,000. In US dollars. Actually, there needs to be an asterisk placed after the figure: the cost is based on the assumption that the lost computer was not protected with data security tools like AlertBoot’s managed disk encryption software […] read more
A clinic in Oregon has announced a data breach due to the theft of a laptop computer. Obviously, the use of a cryptographic solution like AlertBoot’s managed disk encryption would have prevented the data breach, as well as providing safe harbor from HIPAA/HITECH’s Breach Notification Rule. However, the story is complicated by the fact that […] read more
According to v3.co.uk, a recent informational release by Transport for London (TfL) shows that nearly 25,000 devices were left behind by Londoners in 2013. Phones, laptops, tablets, and other data storage devices were mistakenly mislaid in buses, trains, taxis, and other public transportation. Seeing how such devices generally hold information that can be used for […] read more