Automatic USB Encryption: Two US Power Companies Infected By Malware Via USB Drives.

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

BYOD Protection: Dutch Chemical Company Attacked With USB Memory Sticks.

Cyber criminals have attempted to infiltrate a Dutch chemical company by “losing” USB sticks infected with malware in the company’s parking lot.  Gives a totally different spin to the term “computer trojan horse” and shows how BYOD protection and security can be maximized if employees are properly educated. BYOD: The Culmination of an Old Trend […] read more

Data Encryption: Samsung, LG AMOLED Secrets Leaked Via USB Memory Stick.

The big news tonight, in Korea, was that key technologies related to Samsung and LG’s AMOLED displays were smuggled out by employees of an Israeli subsidiary in Korea.  How did these intrepid yet arrested men manage to do this?  With a 4 GB USB memory stick that, last time I checked, cost less than $10.  […] read more

Hard Disk Encryption: Victoria House Children’s Centre Data Breach.

A staff member at Victoria House Children’s Centre in Barnstaple, UK breached protocol (and data security laws) when a USB flashdrive was stolen from her.  Obviously, the use of drive encryption like AlertBoot would have prevented the breach from ever taking place. Such technological solutions are always preferable over what Action for Children (AFC) — […] read more

USB Drive Encryption: UK Rochdale Council Breach Affects 18,000.

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council has been reprimanded by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for the loss of a USB drive.  The device contained personal information and was not guarded with data encryption software like AlertBoot. 18,000 Affected The missing device contained names, addresses, and council payment details.  Bank account details and other data were […] 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

Software Encryption vs. Hardware Encryption: False Sense of Security?.

Data encryption software is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to protect information stored in digital devices, including USB memory sticks. However, not all agree: I ran across a whitepaper (link at the bottom) that claims that software encryption is a technological mismatch for flash storage, and that hardware encryption is the way […] read more