Category Archives: encryption

An ounce of prevention – 1.3 actually

What do the following have in common? Data relating to approximately 600 maternity patients and names and dates of birth of 30 children on an unencrypted memory stick lost. Missing memory stick from a nursery contained 80 childrens’ contact details … Continue reading

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It’s 11pm. Do you know where your data is?

Co-operative Life Planning (CLP) found to their horror the personal details of 82,000 of their customers had been made available online. The source of the breech? Computer contractors hired to repair a file containing customer information. The contractors copied the … Continue reading

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How Safe is DropBox

Well, if you believe the info in a complaint filed last week with the FTC, not as safe as once communicated. While it seems clear DropBox does use the AES-256 standard for encryption which is good, the storage of the … Continue reading

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Small Business the winners of the 2010 “Cyber-Target” Award

Verizon and the US Secret Service have released their annual report on Data Breaches with some interesting findings for small business owners. First, the bad news. This, directly from the report: “Criminals may be making a classic risk vs. reward … Continue reading

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How sophisticated is sophisticated?

Lancaster County School District has unfortunately been the victim of a computer intrusion which may involve the loss of personal and private information of over 25,000 students and employees. Here’s a snippet of what’s been sent to the possible victims: … Continue reading

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If it moves, encrypt it

You’d think after dumping 205 million gallons of crude in the Gulf a company like BP would be a cautious lot. Let’s hope their drilling practices have become much safer than their computer security practices. BP disclosed this week an … Continue reading

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Now where did those drives go?

A “best practice” is to encrypt any data that’s in motion or can be placed in motion. The reason seems obvious, if the device “goes missing” there’s no risk of data being accessed inappropriately. Portable Computers and Portable Storage Devices … Continue reading

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