Archive for October, 2012

Are Your Passwords Secure?

It should have at least one capital letter, should not contain your first name, and should be at least 8 characters....”  No doubt everyone has heard this instruction, or something like it, so that the subject of this article is obvious--yes, it’s about passwords.

The concept of a password is not new.  In fact, passwords have been in use since ancient times.  There have been many instances in books and movies where a guard asks for a password from those seeking to enter or pass through a guarded passage.  There have been an equal number of instances in which characters were trying to steal the password in order to get through the guarded passage. (more)

Data Breach Involving the Division of Florida Colleges

Earlier this week, we discussed a report about data breach information from the public sector.  Well, you can add one more incident to the mix.  A data breach was disclosed by the Division of Florida Colleges involving both student and employee data, including personal identification information such as social security numbers. These occurrences can become newsworthy events, sometimes gaining national coverage.  The Division of Florida of Colleges incident is one such occurrence, as it received coverage from Fox News, CNN and the Washington Post, just to name a few.

Update on Data Breach Reports

We recently commented on Verizon’s 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report . Other reports have been released since that time, including this one from a private security company relating to data breach information for the government sector covering the period January 1, 2009 to May 31, 2012.

This report presents alarming statistics relating to 268 incidents of data breaches in which 94 million records containing sensitive information were exposed. Clifton Gonsalves, bTrade’s VP of Engineering and a software security expert, had this to say about the report: (more)

Top Executives Acknowledge that Data Security is a Priority

Generally speaking, IT staffs and people in the managed file transfer world understand the importance of securing business data, whether the data is stored or in-transit. It appears that corporate executives and their attorneys are finally coming to this realization as well. According to an article from the ABA Journal, general counsel and corporate directors of public companies now rate data security as their top concern.

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