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AlertBoot offers a cloud-based full disk encryption and mobile device security service for companies of any size who want a scalable and easy-to-deploy solution. Centrally managed through a web based console, AlertBoot offers mobile device management, mobile antivirus, remote wipe & lock, device auditing, USB drive and hard disk encryption managed services.

Laptop Encryption Software Not Used In Stolen Computer With UK Teacher Details

Approximately 2000 teachers, assistants, and support staff in Manchester, England are irate over the theft of two laptop computers from a secure area.  The computer had names, dates of birth, and national insurance numbers.  While the theft was discovered three weeks ago, the affected education workers have been notified only recently. As the warning letter pointed out, full disk encryption software was not used, although password protection was present.

Of course, password protection doesn’t really mean protection.  And, it seems that a lot of UK residents are now aware of the fact.  As one of the support staff has exclaimed, “It stinks - I cannot believe that these computers were not encrypted.” [mancheserterveningnews.co.uk]

It’s a sad, sad day when support staff are more knowledgeable about data security procedures than the administration.  I guess the administration was busy playing golf or something while the UK suffered breach after information breach this past year.  Otherwise, how could they not be aware of the need to secure data in laptops?  Or, maybe, the administration thought that the data was secure, despite the lack of information security software, since so many breaches happened when data was being moved about: in a car, sent over the mail, etc.  The laptops in question, though, were stored in a room that offered an “automatic door-lock system” that opened with a swipe-card.  High-tech and all that jazz.  They say that the thieves tampered with the door to get in.

Pfft.  Since when is a door considered to be “security?”  Unless we’re talking about doors to a bank vault with steel plates thirteen inches thick, I think most people will admit that doors offer little security, if at all.  The high-tech aspect -- a magnetic card as opposed to a tried-and-true metal key -- doesn’t contribute to security at all.  Chalk this up to another case of “security theater,” where things look secure but in retrospect are not.

What the administration should have invested in is in some old school-style technology, like disk encryption software.  Such data protection solutions can’t prevent someone from stealing computers, but the thieves wouldn’t have access to the computer’s data.  And this way, the administration would have to deal only with the loss of two computers, not the loss of two computers; 2000 irate people; and a government investigation (which I’m assuming is pending).

Related Articles:
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1081179_stolen_laptops_contained_teachers_details
http://www.pogowasright.org/article.php?story=20081121090600475

 
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Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.