Apr 29 2009   11:46AM GMT

Encrypt Your Laptops NOW

Arian Eigen Heald Arian Eigen Heald Profile: Arian Eigen Heald

SC Magazine has reported that a laptop belonging to the State of Oklahoma was stolen, with 1 million names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and home addresses of Oklahoma’s Human Services’ clients receiving benefits from programs such as Medicaid, child care assistance, nutrition aid and disability benefits.

All this was secured with a password. The State of OK seems to think that is adequate protection – has nobody there heard of a Linux boot disk? It will ( and probably already has) taken a cracker ten minutes or less to gather the SAM database, and probably not much time to crack the password.

No excuses! Get it done. The cost of losing a laptop is now estimated at $50,000, after the cost of corporate security efforts, bad publicity, and lawsuits. No one is too small to get sued.

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