Posts Tagged 'protection'

Data Storage and Protection

Millions of hard drives are purchased each year. Storage capabilities are growing at a phenomenal pace as user needs grow. While the cost per gigabyte falls, many companies fail to consider the rising cost of data protection. A 1 terabyte drive may cost a few hundred dollars, however the cost of maintaining the data stored on that drive may go well into the thousands.

Costs may involve automated backup software, redundancy hardware, even off site or online data storage. Not to mention the cost of having your own IT staff available for in house emergency solutions. Suddenly that 1 terabyte hard drive has accumulated additional costs which weren’t initially considered.

It’s easy to have blind faith in technology but the reality is that many hard drives can and will fail. Make sure you are taking the proper measures to protect your essential data. The cost of a hard drive is relatively inexpensive however the data stored on that drive is often priceless. When you buy your next hard drive remember to consider the cost of protecting that data as well.

Germany a phisher’s delight

How easy is it to get your hands on millions of private data? Hello? McFly? Have you heard of this Interweb? Personal details of 6 million Germans for 850 euros. That was enough to prod German lawmakers into action. So what’s on tap? A complete overhaul to data protection and privacy rules. Officials want to make it illegal to pass private data of individuals around without their express consent. This was all brought to the attention of the German government by 36 yr old, Detlef Tiegel, who claimed to have the banking details of over a million people and proved it, presenting them with a CD with all the information. He said the information was obtained from the lottery corporation that he worked for. (What kind of lottery is this exactly?) We’ll have to wait and see whether the changes have any impact in phishing activity or not, but in the meantime, I won’t be entering my banking details on any German lottery sites … for now.

British government loses USB drive … and data

My question is: what security measures were put into place the last time this happened? Apparently none. It’s good to know that the British are taking the issue seriously. Privacy and information should be the new tactics used to scare people into protecting their data. … Now if only the government could be scared into compliance.

“The British government is to data protection as Hurricane Katrina was to New Orleans property values. In the past we have covered the loss of data, including bank details, for 25 million people, and government intelligence documents seem to repeatedly get left on trains or in bars. Now, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has announced that a memory stick containing information on thousands of individuals in the criminal justice system has also gone walkabout.”(link)

WD offers My Book Mirror edition, external RAID drive

Backup for dummies. Buy this, set it and forget it. Simple backup for the user who is too lazy or doesn’t know how. Now if they could only stop those damn drives from crashing …

“WD’s My Book Mirror Edition dual-drive storage system automatically mirrors your valuable data for extra protection. The USB 2.0 interface and a powerful combination of features make this system the storage solution of choice for photographers, home users, small offices, and anyone looking for extra assurance that their data is safe.

The safest place for your data – Using RAID mirroring technology, this system automatically and continuously duplicates your data for the ultimate in data protection. If one drive in this two-drive system ever fails, the system continues to run and your data is safe. How’s that for peace of mind?” (link)

Kingston releases black box USB drive

Protect your organization’s portable data and comply with data-at-rest agency directives by choosing Kingston’s new, ultra-secure DataTraveler® BlackBox USB Flash drive. It’s FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certified and features 256-bit, hardware-based AES encryption, enforced complex password protection and device lockdown after a specified number of invalid attempts, to prevent brute force attacks.

DataTraveler BlackBox is rugged and waterproof (up to 4 feet), with a titanium-coated, stainless steel casing for added data protection. And it’s easy to set up and use, with no admin rights or application installation required. (link)

New legislation aimed at unlocking cell phones

New legislation has a chance at doing away with US wireless carriers’ practices of phone subsidies, long-term contracts, and steep termination fees. With provisions that would require clearer language from carriers and non-subsidized handsets and plans, even Apple could be forced to open up the iPhone to other networks.

The iPhone is at the center of yet another squabble over US mobile phone consumers’ rights. After “permanently inoperable” firmware updates, a class action targeting mobile phone locking practices, and even an unlocking exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA),

Only a draft called “Wireless Consumer Protection and Community Broadband Empowerment Act of 2008” (PDF link) for now, the bill is sponsored by Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) and actually has some broad intentions: “To require the Federal Communications Commission to promulgate new consumer protection regulations for wireless service subscribers, to restrict State and local regulation of public providers of advanced communications capability and service, to increase spectrum efficiency by Federal agencies, and for other purposes.” (link)

Security threats not gender specific, nor is knowledge

When it comes to online security, everyone thinks they’re an expert. Especially men, it seems, as a new “report” funded by security software maker AVG suggests. The company says that, like most things, men tend to think that they know more about online security than women. That’s apparently not true, however, as AVG states that everyone suffers online attacks equally, despite what they may think.

The findings come from a survey of 1,400 adults in the UK about their own knowledge of security while using the ‘Net. Men were exceptionally confident in their own security prowess, and only 4 percent of them said they didn’t know what kind on online protection they had in place.

But confidence doesn’t always translate into reality, it seems. AVG’s survey found that a third of all users—both men and women—had suffered some form of identity theft. And when asked whether they would change their habits as a result, only 20 percent said that they would. I guess when it comes to being complacent, men and women are on equal ground. link

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