The LA Times writes that a data breach at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is larger than previously reported. According to latimes.com, a stolen computer that was not protected with medical laptop encryption software contained information on more than 33,000 patients; in August, the number was “more than 500” which implied a figure closer to 500 than […] read more
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
Not too long ago, AlertBoot was approached by a prospect who wanted “NSA-proof encryption.” Another prospect wanted to know what guarantees we could offer when it comes to preventing data leaks. We have found over the years that such questions are par for the course in the sector. Long story short: we let the prospects […] read more
I ran across a story that, as far as I know, is the first of its kind: proof that laptop thieves don’t just blast away the current information on a stolen laptop and sell it as quickly as possible. Oh, no. They’re willing to see what they can find on the laptop, which is why […] 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
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
Disk Encryption: PGP/Symantec, TrueCrypt, and BitLocker Disk Encrypted Data Can Be Accessed With Forensic Software.
The Russian firm Elcomsoft has announced that they’ve built a decryption tool that can retrieve the encryption keys to PGP (now owned by Symantec), TrueCrypt, and BitLocker encrypted computers. On some level, this means that the above three disk encryption solutions are less secure than AlertBoot. On the other hand, this is a vulnerability that […] 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