Generally, when an entity experiences a data breach (say, a laptop theft), it concludes the thieves were not after the data on the device, proclaiming with alacrity that they suspect the hardware was the objective of the theft, that the laptop will be wiped and resold, that clients’ data are probably safe – an assumption […] read more
Education Encryption: Laptop Encryption Beats Locked Rooms, Shows University Of South Carolina Data Breach.
The use of laptop encryption in higher education, especially by faculty and staff, seems like a no-brainer to me. After all, such computers are full of personal information, not only of the devices’ owners themselves but also of the student body (they still use SSNs as student IDs, don’t they?). While the Department of Education […] read more
As the following story shows, physical security has its limits when it comes to data security. If one is securing data on paper (like medical forms), there is very little that can be done other than physical security. But when it comes to digital data, it always pays to secure it in some other way, […] read more
US Fifth Amendment Rights: Judge Tells Suspect To Surrender Encryption Password One Month After Saying Otherwise.
As I scanned through the headlines at slashdot.org this morning, I ran across news that: After having first decided against forcing a suspect to decrypt a number of hard drives that were believed to be his and to contain child pornography, a U.S. judge has changed his mind and has now ordered the suspect to […] read more
Have you seen the latest installation of the James Bonds series, Skyfall? If not, this post contains references to it. More specifically, how Bond and company manage to break highly complex cryptographic security….in the span of 5 minutes. If this were reality, companies like AlertBoot that offer mobile security software wouldn’t be in business for […] read more
Two charities in AlertBoot’s neck of the woods (or, rather, desert) have been victimized when burglars literally broke into their premises and stole computer equipment. At least of one the organizations, the American Heart Association, used “a sophisticated password system” — let’s hope that’s just another way of saying “used laptop encryption software” like AlertBoot. […] read more
Two companies affiliated with Ireland’s Eircom Group have been ordered to donate €30,000 to charities for the loss customer data. In the final days of 2011, two laptops were stolen, around the same time but a different locations. Unfortunately, these computers were not protected with data encryption software like AlertBoot. Furthermore, they breached the law […] read more
Patients and oncologists at the Cancer Care Group (CCG, a private physician practice based out of Indianapolis, Indiana) are being informed that the theft of a company laptop has resulted in a data breach. It is the fourth largest data breach of 2012, and it could have been prevented with the judicious use of data […] read more
Medical Laptop Encryption Software: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Notifies 30,000 Of Data Breach.
A faculty member with the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas had his laptop computer stolen, potentially endangering 30,000 patients. The laptop computer was not protected with hard drive encryption like AlertBoot, which means not only that data is easily accessible on the stolen device, but that the medical organization probably has […] read more
PERA, the Public Employees Retirement Association, of New Mexico has notified 100,000 current and retired government workers of a data breach that could lead to fraud. Personal information stored on a laptop computer was lost. The device was not protected with data encryption software like AlertBoot but secured with password-protection, the use of the latter […] read more