Recently, the InfoWarrior list sent me a notice of Seagate announcing a hard disk that offers full-time, whole disk encryption. For the right need, this seems a solid product that will perform better than software encryption. Here (2nd URL) is another article on that device.
I've always been concerned with rapid response time, so the current rush to encryption may cause it to be overused, with negative performance implications for most users.
This (3rd URL) article is solid in covering encryption and notes well the performance hit.
So much personal information has been carelessly lost and stored on laptops against company or government policy that it is beyond my comprehension that managements, regulators, and lawmakers have not taken effective action.
Then I find an article entitled "Laptop Encryption: Compliance without sacrificing performance, now that’s magic!" that is without merit.
This wasn't supposed to be about breaches of personal privacy and information loss, but here is the one that should scare anyone, Attrition.org Data Loss Archive and Database (DLDOS) at http://attrition.org/dataloss/
URL: http://news.com.com/Seagate+ships+hard+drives+with+encryption/2100-1029_3-61 66180.html
Breaches of personal privacy and information loss are well documented and archived at Attrition.org Data Loss Archive and Database (DLDOS) at http://attrition.org/dataloss/. I mentioned this in a recent post, but it deserves its own.
BODY: On Line56.com, by Demir Barlas writes an article entitled "Hackers and Employment, What the heck's wrong with us?" His take on the decline in "personal morality" in the United States continues to trouble me because of the truth within his observation. He writes, "All too many Americans stand ready to pimp themselves, and the system is now designed to reward rather than discourage them. This is an arrangement that the rest of the world rightly considers hypocritical and, despite all talk of globalism, will never emulate."
Find the top 100 information security tools at: http://sectools.org/ This is a great list that includes apps for many platforms, ports to additional OS, and a link to each of the top 100 as well as alternatives in the same category. If you sell InfoSec hardware, software, or services this Web site is a worthy candidate for your advertising dollars.
Theft of data is a real and growing issue for individuals in the United States and around the world. This link lists the compromised data sources and the cause, just since the ChoicePoint breach of 15 February 2005. http://www.privacyrights.org/ar/ChronDataBreaches.htm This listing, compiled by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, shows that more that the personal privacy data of more than 50 million US citizens has been compromised in this period of barely more than 6 months.