New European Directive Could Boost Full Disk And Other Encryption Products.

A new European Commission directive on electronic privacy may include a data breach notification provision.  While it’s still up for debate, all signs seem to point that the data breach legislation will be approved.  While this is not a clarion call for companies to start protecting digital information with the use of data encryption software […] read more

Hard Drive Encryption Not Required By Law. Good Enough Is Enough?.

PC World has an article about “what the law requires of IT.”  They make some interesting points, and how the law in a certain case noted that laptop encryption was not necessary.  But they have other noteworthy points.  Straight off the bat, the article notes that when bank robbers stole from banks in the days […] read more

Disk Encryption Not Used On Lost Harris County Hospital District USB Memory Stick.

Disk encryption solutions like AlertBoot was not used on a lost USB memory stick being used at Harris County Hospital District.  The loss of the flash drive will compromise the sensitive information on 1,200 patients.   According to the Houston Chronicle, three USB flash drives went missing from the desk of an associate administrator, described […] read more

Hard Drive Encryption A Quest For Quest Diagnostics.

Quest Diagnostics has filed a report with the Maryland Attorney General that three MD residents may have had their personal information compromised due to the theft of a laptop, which featured password?protection.  The personal information breached for the three people include names, addresses, and Social Security numbers.  I assume that full disk encryption like AlertBoot […] read more

Full Disk Encryption Better Than Data Breach Notification? A Lawyer, I Think, Implies Yes.

And I agree.  Encryption solutions and other data protection solutions are an infinitely better way of protecting consumer data than letting people know they should be on the look out for financial fraud.  However, I do find issues with the points raised by Bart Lazar in a column he wrote for  Granted, I’m not […] read more

Full Disk Encryption Could Have Saved Oklahoma Corporation Commission A Bunch Of Headaches.

Joe Sill bought fifty computers from a government auction.  His intent, according to, was to refurbish and resell them.  Instead, he’s had to put a hold on those plans because he found over 5000 Social Security numbers in the computers’ hard drives.  If only those drives had full disk encryption on them; then, Sill […] read more

Laptop Encryption Saves The Day In Stolen UK Laptop And CD eBay Sale. I Say They Have Bigger Problems Now.

Several sources are reporting that a CD and laptop from the British Home Office got sold on eBay.  The Home Office, also known as the Home Department, is that part of the government responsible for internal affairs: security, crime, counter?terrorism, border security, things of that nature.  A complete list is available on Wikipedia, if you’re interested.  […] read more

Healthcare Organizations Say Incidents of Data Breaches Growing. Secure Information With Computer and Laptop Encryption.

Healthcare organizations are beginning to feel the heat.  First, there is the surprise HIPAA security audits the Feds are planning on conducting.  I already blogged about it before, and how it was just a preliminary one.  The exercises to be conducted this year are to figure out how to approach such audits, and affect a […] read more

Government Conclusion: Irish Bloodbank Did Not Breach Data Protection Act Because Laptop Encryption Was Used.

Irish Blood Transfusion Services did not breach the Data Protection Act when their donors’ information got stolen earlier this month.  Or rather, when the laptop containing their donors’ information was stolen. The Data Protection Commission found “…that the encryption in place on the laptop was sufficient to ensure that there is only the remotest of possibilities […] read more

California Expands Data Breach Notification Laws – A Supplement To HIPAA?.

California has recently passed a law updating their state Data Breach Notification laws.  In addition to reporting those instances where financial information was breached, businesses with clients in California will have to notify instances where medical information was compromised.  Those who haven’t been following such things closely may wonder if this is truly news (and […] read more