As the following story shows, physical security has its limits when it comes to data security. If one is securing data on paper (like medical forms), there is very little that can be done other than physical security. But when it comes to digital data, it always pays to secure it in some other way, […] read more
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
Do you backup your data? Excellent! Do you use encryption software to protect its contents? Not doing so means that you’ve joined the “Data Breach Club,” where the chances of a data breach are not an “if” but “when.” Take Kmart as an example, which had a data breach because a thief robbed one of […] read more
According to Canadian media, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) has lost a “portable device” that contained information on over 50,000 people. The IIROC has not been very responsive regarding the details, including whether the device was protected with a mobile data management software like AlertBoot. However, we know this much: they’re “very […] read more
There is a saying that technology is not evil in of itself; it’s just a matter of how people employ it. I was reminded of this when I ran across an article at mcclatchydc.com. For those who are engaged in BYOD and computer data security, the apparent ease of evading IT security is a headache […] read more
AMD, Advanced Micro Devices, has filed suit against a number of former employees. The claim is that they stole “thousands of confidential documents” (extremetech.com) by copying AMD secrets to external storage devices, and took these to rival NVIDIA. Stunts like these are why external disk encryption is part of AlertBoot’s Mobile Security solution: don’t only […] 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
According to the Stars and Stripes, more than 900 students at Ramstein Intermediate School (Germany) were affected when five USB memory sticks were stolen from an unlocked vehicle. It’s being investigated whether encryption software like AlertBoot was used to secure the information, and whether the flashdrive device was authorized to be used on government computers. […] 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