At least 15,000 California State University, Fresno “student athletes, sports-camp attendees, and Athletic Corporation employees” were affected by a data breach earlier in the year, according to kmph.com and other news sites. A hard drive, 18 laptops, and other items were reported missing on January 12 from the university’s North Gym building. On the face […] read more
An Undertaking was recently issued by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. The Undertaking is the climax of a medical data breach that was reported in November 2012, the event set off by the loss of a psychiatrist’s bag from his bicycle. The first time that I came […] read more
A global study has revealed that personal data breaches lead to sizable numbers of customers to turn their back on companies. This might not be news, but perhaps the figures are: 23% of the respondents affirmatively answered that they have stopped doing business companies that failed to properly safeguard their data. All the more reason […] read more
According to appstechnews.com, a survey by wireless specialist iPass shows that nearly half the companies that become BYOD-friendly by green-lighting a corporate “Bring Your Own Device” policy see increased IT department activity. They ponder whether BYOD is IT’s worst nightmare. The answer: it doesn’t have to be, at least not with AlertBoot Mobile Security, a […] read more
According to techworld.com.au, two unnamed power companies in the US were infected when malware-infested USB drives were connected to corporate computers. The recommendation put forth was to adopt new USB guidelines, “including the cleaning of a USB device before each use.” The question is “how long will that last?” How about a better approach, something […] read more
Canada Computer Disk Encryption: Human Resources and Skills Development Loses Information On 583,000.
Numerous Canadian media outposts are reporting on the loss of student loan information by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. It’s being labeled as a “new” data breach by the government but let’s be honest, the only thing new about it is the press release. It’s part of the same old story, a continuance of […] read more
Data Encryption Breach Penalties: Greater Manchester Police Pays £120,000 For Lack Of Data Security Training.
The Greater Manchester Police in the UK has recently been assessed a penalty of £150,000 (reduced to £120,000 for early payment). While many publications are claiming that this figure primarily ties to the theft of a USB stick, the truth is that the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) was fined for not having better sense. What […] read more
One of the leading reasons for data breaches of sensitive information — always placing in the top three — is the loss or theft of devices. This is true even if a device, such as a laptop or external hard disk, is protected with full disk encryption like AlertBoot. The use of strong encryption generally […] read more
According to some sources, Victorinox, the officials makers of the official Swiss Army knife, has decided to discontinue support for secure data protection on their line of USB-drive embedded SAKs. When introduced, it was a fun (and expensive) USB flashdrive with serious security. In fact, it was like they had combined a regular Swiss Army […] read more
The US Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General has conducted an audit and OK’ed the use of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, despite not meeting federal security encryption standards (FIPS 140-2 under FISMA requirements). Is the VA getting complacent, only six years since experiencing its largest data breach ever? Not quite. Rather, it’s being more […] read more