Nearly 40,000 Hoyas Affected By Lack Of Hard Disk Encryption.

Numerous students, alumni, staff, and faculty may be affected by the theft of a hard drive.  The external storage device contained the Social Security numbers of nearly 40,000 people, and was reported stolen earlier this month.  The device was unencrypted.   The external hard drive was used as a backup to a computer that contained […] read more

UK Department Store Marks & Spencer Ordered To Encrypt All Laptops.

Marks & Spencer was ordered by the Information Commissioner’s Office to encrypt all of their laptops.  This is the conclusion to the theft that occurred last May of a laptop that contained the personal information on 26,000 Marks & Spencer employees.  The laptop was stolen from a printing firm working for M&S.  It contained details […] read more

UK Lawyer’s Office Is Burglarized: Laptop Security A Concern.

A barrister (that’s a lawyer for Americans) in London came to his office to find a laptop computer stolen.  The computer contained the details of an inquiry into the murder of Billy Wright.  For those who are not aware, Billy Wright is the founder of the Loyalist Volunteer Force, a paramilitary group he started after her […] read more

Hospitals To Be Checked For HIPAA Compliance.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon begin on?site reviews to see whether hospitals are in compliance with HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.  Approximately 10 to 20 hospitals will be visited, and the results published.  The names of the hospitals visited will not be revealed, however, regardless of the […] read more

Data Protection Is The Law In Oregon At The Turn Of The Year: Data Encryption Can Help.

The associated Oregon senate bill, The Oregon Identity Theft Protection Act (SB 583), is surprisingly short but to the point—and extremely readable.  It feels like someone other than lawyers wrote it up.  It also seems to build on past legislation already in place for personal data protection.  For example, those who are already in compliance […] read more

Laptop Security To Protect Yourself From The Government?.

Or rather, from the TSA, the Transportation Security Administration—you know, the guys at the airport everyone loves to hate?  Don’t worry; nothing nefarious going on.  You can chalk this up to random thefts, as opposed to the need to uphold the words of the Fourth Amendment.  It’s been reported that some TSA officers who worked […] read more

In The Digital Age, The Sun Never Sets On The (Former) British Empire: Canada Has Laptop Security Woes, Following UK And India.

Or at least, it certainly feels like it.  In addition to last week’s UK government public relations fiasco with the two lost CDs—and the other post I had regarding a break-in into an Indian government military research lab, where three computers got stolen—there are reports from Canada that a consultant for the Provincial Public Health […] read more

UK Up In Arms Over Loss Of Two CDs. 25 Million Britons Affected By Lack of Data Encryption.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has lost two CDs containing the details of 25 million people in the United Kingdom.  With the official population of the UK at 60.5 million, this represents slightly less than half of all the people in that country.  The matter was grave enough, combined with other data breaches at the […] read more

Governator Wants to Plug Up Holes – Unless You Have Encryption.

It looks like businesses in California and, if history serves, in the rest of the United States might soon have an incentive to really start taking a look at their security policies (things seem to spread from California to the rest of the country).  A bill in California will force retailers to reimburse banks and […] read more