Starting this week, the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) will begin imposing fines up to £500,000 for violations of the country's Data Protection Act. From SC:
Speaking to SC Magazine last year, former Information Commissioner Richard Thomas said that ‘most insider incidents are accidental, but the damage can be very severe, with damage to the people whose data is compromised and to the company, leading to big fines, cost, reputational and share price damage all showing why it needs to be taken seriously'.
He also said that in the last couple of years of his time as the Commissioner, he had persuaded the government to increase the standing, power and resources of the office and this had led to the introduction of increased fines.
One recent example is an incident in which the Stoke-on-Trent City Council lost a USB stick containing confidential data from the social services department. The drive was not encrypted and exposed "records of foster carers, family court proceedings, parenting assessments and, child custody arrangements."
Electron Hut reviews the Kanguru Defender Elite encrypted flash drive.
The Bottom Line: if you’re looking for a solid performer in the arena of encrypted flash drives, the Kanguru Defender Elite won’t let you down.
Thanks to Kyle at Electron Hut for the time and effort to evaluate the product! We would like to highlight that the first year of anti-virus protection is free of charge with every Defender Elite purchased.
Kanguru invites Government & Industry to visit us at FOSE 2010 at the Washington Convention Center, March 23-25. Kanguru is Booth #2930.
This year, Kanguru is exhibiting the FIPS 140-2 certified Kanguru Defender Elite secure flash drive. Designed specifically to meet US Government specs, this device uses 256AES Hardware Encryption and features built-in Anti-virus protection. Federal Government agencies are still scrubbing infected computers nearly a year and a half after the Conficker virus outbreak in late 2008. The risk from this type of USB-spread virus can be greatly reduced by using secure devices like Defender Elite.
Kanguru is proud to announce that the Kanguru Defender Elite encrypted USB flash drive has received FIPS 140-2 certification from the US and Canadian Governments. This hardware encrypted device meets Level 2 security requirements, which validates its use for protecting sensitive government information. Defender Elite also meets Level 3 requirements in several key security catagories. The FIPS 140-2 standard is recognized internationally and by a number of other industry regulations, including HIPAA (PDF) for Healthcare.
Check out our website for more product details, and read our previous post about remote management.
The Office of Inadequate Security has a list of newly reported data breaches provided by the Maryland Attorney General. Many of the incidents involved stolen laptops, external hard drives or flash drives that contained sensitive information and were not properly encrypted.
More information about the Maryland Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) can be found at the AG's website.
Kanguru is pleased to announce a new technology partnership with anti-virus provider BitDefender. Read the full announcement.
BitDefender is a global leader in virus and malware protection. The company's products have won numerous awards and recognitions, including a #1 rating in protection from Consumer Reports in 2008.
Kanguru and BitDefender are teaming to provide onboard anti-virus scanning on the Defender Elite encrypted USB drive. All files stored on the drive are scanned to prevent malware from spreading through USB ports. Kanguru is including a 1-Year subscription with every purchase of the Defender Elite.
Integrated anti-virus and malware protection for the Kanguru Defender Elite encrypted flash drive will be going live next week. All Defender Elite drives will come standard with a one-year A/V subscription. Defender Elite drives that have already been purchased can be updated to include the new A/V functionality by using the "Check for Updates" menu option. Contact Kanguru for further info.
In the next few days, Kanguru will be announcing a strategic partnership with one of the industry's leading antivirus vendors. This partnership combines the expertise of two data security leaders to create one of the world's most secure flash drives.
Malware delivered by USB devices is becoming one of the biggest concerns for Public-Sector and Business security professionals. We've highlighted some of the risks here and here.
In early 2009 the National Archives announced that it had lost a 1TB portable hard drive containing sensitive information from the Clinton Administration. Since none of the data was encrypted, the social security numbers and other personal data could easily be used to commit fraud. NARA had no remote management capabilities for the device, so there was really no way for them to track down the drive short of offering a substantial reward. Now they have announced exactly that - Federal Office Offers $50,000 Reward for Missing External Drive.
Upgrading hard drives and flash drives to encypted models with remote management capabilities would have cost less than $50,000 plus credit monitoring costs. Public and private companies can face even bigger costs than NARA when it comes to a data breach.