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
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
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
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
It’s not often that you can associate a chocolate merchant with the world of data breaches, but it’s not impossible, either. Especially if you make the mistake of not using something like AlertBoot’s managed laptop disk encryption to secure the company’s sensitive data. Godiva, the international maker of excellent chocolate, has experienced a data breach […] read more
There is this theory among the HIPAA security crowd that education is as effective as technical solutions, or that it can be even more important. While not wrong, it depends on what you’re looking at. At the end of the day, it’s the technical solutions that will do the heavy lifting when it comes to […] read more
According to phiprivacy.net, NYU Langone Medical Center announced a data breach in June, a little before their July admission to another data breach that affected 8,400 people. Unlike the latter announcement, though, the June announcement appears to be somewhat outside of NYU’s control. It’s a shame that not everyone is getting the story on the […] read more
SMB Laptop Encryption: Yoga Studio Has Laptop Theft, Doesn’t Know Password-Protection Doesn’t Do Anything.
As more companies begin to realize the importance of using encryption software like AlertBoot (sometimes prodded by industry regulators and state, federal, and national law), we are beginning to find that data breaches are beginning to shift towards smaller business concerns. Take for example the following story about a yoga studio in Canada. Laptop Stolen, […] read more
The Wall Street Journal has an article on how certain executives are questioning the value of notifying the general public on company data breaches. The pay-walled article notes that there are valid reasons against more transparency. The thing is, most of these so-called reasons are self-serving – which is why 47 states have laws requiring […] read more
According to the US Supreme Court, US authorities require warrants in order to search the cellphones of people who are arrested [http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/13-132_8l9c.pdf ; ]. The decision is not solely for cellphones, though: rummaging through information found on smartphones, tablet computers, laptops, etc. should also be affected, with personal privacy being the winner. Also, I imagine […] read more