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Disk Encryption: U Of South Carolina Beaufort Alerts Alumni Of Stolen Laptop

The University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) has alerted alumni that their personal information may have been compromised when a laptop computer was stolen.  The use of drive encryption software like AlertBoot was not mentioned.

Laptop Stolen In Atlanta

The laptop was stolen when a staff member for the Office of Housing and Residence Life experienced a break-in at a relative's home in Atlanta.  As a result 488 former students enrolled between 2005 and 2006 had their names and SSNs breached.

This figure, however, is actually a guess, since the IT team at USCB had to reconstitute what "could have been" on the laptop at the time of the theft.  The figures could be easily more...or even less.  The only way to really know would have been the analysis of a recent, full disk backup.  Apparently, such a backup is not available in this case.

Office of Housing and Residence Life?

While I know what the housing office is in charge of, I've got to admit that I have no idea of what they actually do.

For example, why do they need SSNs?  I can see why a property management company would need it (credit checks to see whether an applicant is desirable as a tenant).  But a university department in charge of dorms and the like?  Why would they need SSNs?  My guess is that SSNs were used as a student identifier

Also, why is a laptop with the housing office at a relative's house?  This is probably the more pertinent question.  Was the staff member authorized to take this laptop?  And if so, why weren't the proper security programs in place?

The use of full disk encryption would have been warranted, considering that the housing office deals with Social Security numbers.  Plus, other security tools would have been necessary as well, such as firewalls; I'm assuming the network within USCB is protected, providing a safe computing environment, whereas the same controls are not present at the relative's home.


Related Articles and Sites:
http://www.islandpacket.com/2010/03/24/1183832/uscb-warns-alumni-that-their-personal.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.