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Encryption in Government
Make the Rules, Play by the Rules
Few entities possess as much personal information as the U.S. government. In 2015, the Internal Revenue Service processed over 150 million tax returns, and the Social Security Administration paid benefits to nearly 60 million Americans. In a sense, the government lays the foundation for every U.S. citizen’s personal data the moment each person receives his or her Social Security number.
Encryption in Finance
Regulatory Compliance Is Always a Smart Investment
Today, encryption is a staple of the professional world, as virtually every industry that deals with personal and/or sensitive data relies on encryption to protect that data. Those that don’t encrypt put themselves at risk for stiff government penalties, fines, lawsuits, and more.
Data Encryption in Education
Educational Institutions at High Risk for Costly Data Breaches
The Ponemon Institute estimates that on average, organizations of all types face a 26% probability of a data breach involving 10,000 or more lost or stolen records – and educational institutions are increasingly becoming targets. In fact, the education vertical tied for 2nd place in Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security
Encryption in Healthcare
The Right Prescription for Maintaining Compliance with Patient Security Regulations
In the healthcare industry, expensive equipment is usually a point of pride, but one leading provider never intended to pay $1.5 million each for two laptops. Only after the laptops were stolen did it come to light that they contained over 1 million unencrypted patient records — a clear HIPAA violation. The provider ended up settling a class action suit for $3 million, but plenty of other healthcare providers have felt the sting of failing to comply with HIPAA, as well. The next major data breach isn’t a matter of if, only when.
- Les Tokar
If you are like I, you work in an environment where you may be provided an encrypted laptop in which you have no administrative permissions. My work laptop requires a hardware encryption password followed by a secure OS password and recognition of the inserted security card. If you want to utilize all but very few secure USB flash drives, read article
- Store Owner
The Aegis Secure Key Now Offers a 480GB--the Highest Storage Capacity of any Hardware-Based Encrypted Flash Key on the Market.
Poway, CA – March 22, 2016 – Apricorn (www.apricorn.com)
- Eric Jacksch
USB flash drives are an efficient and popular way to move data between computers and backup important files. With capacities of 480GB available on store shelves, immense amounts of data can be carried on a device smaller than one’s thumb. But if a USB drive is lost or ...read article
- Store Owner
Katy Independent School District (ISD) in Texas is notifying nearly 12,000 current and former employees that an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent misplaced a portable flash drive containing their personal information while conducting a random audit under the direction of the IRS.
- Store Owner
In any market where IP owners value the security and safeguarding of data, it may be preferable to move files on encrypted flash drives rather than over the public Internet and well-traveled networks. Such flash drives will let the user authenticate his or her identity either with software via an application that runs on the host system or without software. Both approaches have their respective pros and cons. In this paper, we will explore the merits of both flash drive models and recommend which user priorities will be best aligned with each drive type.
- Store Owner
What is Forced Enrollment
Generally speaking, the weakest links in any data security plan are the access codes or PINs. It’s common knowledge that PINs that are too simple are about as effective as having no PIN at all. Forced Enrollment focuses on a different PIN weakness. One that stems from devices shipped with factory preset PINs. While factory preset PINs are common and widely used, there exists a very real opportunity to skip the factory PIN replacement step and put these drives into service with publicized PINs still enabled to authenticate them. Most people know that the preset PIN has to be changed at initial setup, but surprisingly, there are a few who don’t. To ease the minds of CISOs everywhere, we’ve sidestepped this potential vulnerability by eliminating the factory-preset PIN on the Secure Key 3.0 altogether. And since all of the Secure Key’s use and setup requires a 7-16 digit PIN to unlock it, the establishment of a unique admin PIN has to happen first, which is exactly what Forced Enrollment ensures. Simply put, we’ve taken the critically important security measure of unique PIN creation a step further by forcing this process to the very front of the Secure Key’s setup.