We're delighted to announce the promotion of Ebba Blitz to the position of Corporate CEO. Fredrik Loevstedt, Chairman of the Board of Directors and company Founder, highlighted how growth of cloud services is driving unprecedented opportunity for Alertsec, and Ebba will manage the company's expansion in the US and global markets. Read more about this below.
Are you using the cloud as part of your backup and company data storage solution? If so, then you need to read our article below about cloud storage encryption; specifically, the importance of protecting not only your data in the cloud but also your data handling endpoint devices. And don’t forget that Endpoint Encrypt now includes Free Media Encryption.
If you are going to the RSA Conference 2016 in San Francisco, the Alertsec team would love to meet you! As well as answering your cloud and data security questions, it will be a great opportunity to meet with Ebba Blitz and discuss how we can support your upcoming plans.
The RSA Conference is on from Feb 29th to March 4th. Please contact your account manager or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a convenient time to meet.
A mis-conception about cloud-based data storage is that you only need to worry about encrypting data where it resides in the cloud. However, you also need to think about the security and encryption of any desktops, mobile devices and removable media that may be used for data handling.
Unless you are using a thin-client environment that processes your data on the cloud-based server, programs running on your desktops or mobile devices will download copies of the information to a local drive to improve performance. If the computer is unencrypted, your company and customer files that are safely stored in the cloud will be at risk if the endpoint device is stolen, lost or disposed of. In addition, data stored on the device may enable hackers to gain access to your entire network.
“It is nerve-racking when you have to rely on your user’s word that nothing was downloaded, stored locally, or had passwords saved in the browser, when an asset goes missing. A machine with Alertsec installed on it just takes that whole uncertainty out of the equation”
Ebba Blitz, CEO of Alertsec Inc.
Many cloud-storage solutions offer good encryption and key handling, and provide a convenient and flexible option, especially for SMB’s, for protecting sensitive data from prying eyes. Alertsec’s Endpoint Encrypt provides full disk encryption, and now includes Media Encryption to encrypt all your removable media for free. Please contact our Helpdesk for more information.
Following last year's cybersecurity breach at the Office of Personnel Management, the Defense Department will take over the storage of federal background check data. Most of the background check information will now be stored in cloud-based systems designed and run by the DoD.
In the breach at the OPM, about 22 million records were stolen. The records included social security numbers, medical and financial histories, and in more than six million files, complete fingerprints.
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Texas has notified more than 1,300 patients that their personal data may have been compromised when an unencrypted laptop was stolen from an employee’s vehicle. The laptop in question was due to be replaced by an encrypted one but was stolen before that could happen. The computer contained information including names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers and insurance IDs.
This was just one of three recent cases where stolen laptops and hard-drives have compromised PHI for thousands of patients.
Ebba Blitz, our new Corporate CEO, has made herself at home in our Palo Alto office and in 2016 will be boosting our presence on the US west coast.“There is a growing need for encryption - the potential that exists for Alertsec makes the company’s future truly exciting,” Blitz said. She added that SMB security would remain a focus, particularly in laptop encryption. “We are here to help SMBs get the same level of security as Fortune 500 companies, providing the support and expertise they often lack internally.”
Fredrik Loevstedt, Alertsec founder and Board of Directors Chairman commented: “The US leads the world in terms of data privacy legislation. In addition, the growth of cloud services also increases the need for laptop encryption—further fueling Alertsec’s growth. A proven executive like Ebba is just what Alertsec needs during this time of unprecedented opportunity.”