BYOD Security: Complying With Australian Privacy Principle 11.

Last week (28 April to 4 May 2013) was “Privacy Awareness Week” in the Asia Pacific region.  Australia is one of the entities that participates in PAW (the others are, in alphabetical order, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Mexico, New Zealand, and the USA). As part of the awareness campaign, the Office of the Australian […] read more

Personal Data Breach: Consumer Churn Rate Directly Tied To Infosec Events Is Significant.

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

Sharing Laptops With Encryption: U. Of Mississippi Medical Center Patient Data Breach.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is notifying patients who visited UMMC between 2008 and January 2013 that their health information may have been stored on a laptop computer that’s “missing.”  Apparently, the device was not protected with laptop encryption like AlertBoot, which may have been a result of the laptop being “a shared […] read more

Password Security: Being Bad At Grammar Means You’re A Genius When It Comes To Security.

If you use any type of computer encryption, including AlertBoot Mobile Security to secure your laptop computer, passwords are a way of life.  So, when I heard that researchers at Carnegie Mellon University were able to crack long “passwords” because they were grammatically correct, it caught my interest. On the one hand, it’s a tremendous […] read more

Hacking Disk Encryption: "Inception" For Cracking Encryption Released, Is Bwooooong-tastic.

Not too long ago, a tool for cracking laptop disk encryption was released by Elcomsoft.  In the latter’s case, it targeted machines that were using PGP, TrueCrypt, and Microsoft’s BitLocker.  The cracking tool made use of a vulnerability found on FireWire / iLink / 1394 port, a weakness that has been around for a while. […] read more