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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.

Drive Encryption Used In Missing UFCW Laptop? Revisiting An Earlier Story

Approximately a week ago, I had blogged on the loss of a laptop by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.  I had noted then that use of hard drive encryption software like AlertBoot was not mentioned, and assumed that, since it was not mentioned, it was not used to secure the contents of the now-missing laptop.

Well, it turns out that I was wrong.  According to a report by The Calgary Sun, a stolen laptop computer belonging to the UFCW contained sensitive information of Canadians.  Comparing dates, one can only conclude that this laptop is the same UFCW laptop from last week.

The total number of Canadians affected is unknown, although 28,000 Alberta UFCW members are affected; I assume that the total would be higher.  More significant may be the statement, by UFCW Local 401 President Doug O'Halloran, that encryption was used.

It's not known what kind of protection, though, which could have pretty important ramifications.  For example, if the laptop was secured with full disk encryption [ ; whole disk encryption], then all the contents of the lost laptop were protected.  It stands to reason, then, the UFCW members in last week's blog, out in Oregon and Washington, need not worry about identity theft no more than their Canadian brethren.

On the other hand, if it was file encryption that was used to protect the Canadians' personal information...well, then there is still the question whether U.S. west coast members had their files encrypted as well.

One would assume that it would have been (why treat one sensitive file differently from another?), but seeing how one group was informed about the use of encryption while the other wasn't... well, let's just say that consistency is a huge aspect of security.

Related Articles and Sites:
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Crime/2009/05/26/9571661-sun.html

 
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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.