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Laptop Encryption Software: UIT Phoenix And Warner Pacific College Notify NH AG About Data Breach

Databreaches.net has posted a couple of links to information security breaches tied to a couple of institutions of higher learning.  Both notified the New Hampshire Attorney General's office of the breach, and in both cases laptop computers with Social Security numbers were stolen.  While specific details differ, both are instances where the use of full disk encryption like AlertBoot would have prevented a breach.

UIT Phoenix

Universal Technical Institute of Phoenix has announced that a password-protected computer wa stolen from UIT offices on November 18, 2010.  The computer contained a file with personal data -- names and SSNs of 98 student applicants -- which was not protected with encryption software.

Warner Pacific College

Warner Pacific College announced that an employee's laptop computer, issued by the college, was stolen during a residential break-in on January 3, 2011.  Not much detail is offered besides noting that 1,536 individuals are affected and that personal information was present in the laptop (student names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, and SSNs).

It was pointed out that the burglary seemed to be an "ordinary" one, with various high-priced items stolen.  Data was not the objective behind the theft; on the other hand, there doesn't appear to be anything preventing the thief from checking out the laptop's contents (there is no mention on whether data encryption programs were used or not).

Comparisons

If we were playing the comparison game, I'd have to congratulate WP over UIT for acting fast: they notified affected individuals within a month, whereas UIT Phoenix appears to have done so almost three months after the fact, despite the latter having to contact less people.

On the other hand, UIT's breach was smaller, 98 vs. 1,536.  Plus, their unencrypted laptop was stolen from their offices, whereas WP's (I assume unencrypted) laptop was stolen from a staff member's residence.

In fact, if that laptop did not feature encryption protection, I have to wonder what administrators at WP were thinking.  After all, stories of data breaches are legion, and it includes countless academic institutions, ranging from elementary schools to the most prestigious halls of academia like Georgetown. 

The more things change, the more they remain the same.


Related Articles and Sites:
http://www.databreaches.net/?p=16548
http://www.databreaches.net/?p=16552

 
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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.