Data Encryption Software: South Shore Hospital Pays $750K In MA, HIPAA Settlement.

Numerous sources are reporting that South Shore Hospital, based in Weymouth, MA, has settled a lawsuit brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General.  The settlement is being quoted as $750,000 but this figure is not quite correct: $275,000 of the total figure is a credit for security measures South Shore has already taken. The breach has […] read more

Disk Encryption: Australia’s Railcorp Auctions Off USB Flash Disks With Personal Data, Being Investigated.

The Daily Telegraph ( has a headline that reads “Railcorp blunder as personal details offered in rail sale.”  It piqued my interest; what kind of company would do that in this day and age?  Then, I realized, hey, using data encryption on the things and losing the keys before selling them is not exactly easy […] read more

USB Data Encryption: The Crypteks USB Stick Combines Encryption With Encryption.

Wired has a short review on a new USB stick that’s pretty awesome-looking.  The Crypteks USB stick was inspired by the Cryptex in The Da Vinci Code.  It features 256 AES encryption for the stick itself, plus gives you an elegant and fun outer shell that’s also encrypted.  Or, at least, uses the principles of […] read more

HIPAA / HITECH And Business Associates: 20% Of All Public Breaches.

In an article titled “Updating the Breach Scorecard,” Howard Anderson notes that in more than 20%  of cases, Business Associates (BA) were at the center of data breaches involving 500 or more patients (since the HHS started publicizing such incidents in 2010).  The use of laptop encryption software and other data protection solutions provides safe […] read more

Disk Encryption Software: Warren County Community College Laptop Theft (Updated).

According to, Warren County Community College is alerting students of a data breach.  Apparently, a laptop computer that was not secured with drive encryption software like AlertBoot has gone “missing.”  Due to the possibility of theft being involved, students affected by the breach are being notified. Updated (04 NOV 2011): More news outlets are […] read more

Data Encryption Software: The CD Is Dead (AdvancePierre Foods Breach).

The demise of the CD has been long predicted.  After all, it’s a nearly 40-year technology, ancient by any technological standards.  However, I was one of those people who didn’t quite believe that it was dead.  Until today, that is, when I read of a data breach that, for me, marks the beginning of the […] read more