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Florida Gets Serious With Data Privacy

July 1st was a big day in Florida if you’re a follower of info security news. That was the day Florida’s new Florida Information Protection Act (FIPA) came into effect and had immediate consequences for anyone that does business in Florida, has employees there or has customers that reside there.

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Security Enlightenment at the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit

At the end of June, WinMagic had the opportunity to attend Gartner’s 2014 Security & Risk Management Summit. After many sessions, meetings and cocktail receptions, we walked away a little wiser and informed. Over the next few weeks I’ll delve into some of the sessions we attended, and share some stuff we learned from them. But for this blog post, I thought it would be good to share some key highlights/data that we took in from the event.

Computer Forensics and Self-Encrypting Drives

Computer Forensics and Self-Encrypting Drives

In my last blog on computer forensics I addressed the question: does software Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Thwart Computer Forensics?   To recap, a software encrypted drive could prevent effective forensics. However, if you have enterprise key management and forensics software that can interface with it to get the media encryption key (MEK) then it doesn’t have to be any more challenging than doing forensics on an unencrypted drive.

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Progress With Cloud Storage Policy; But Still A Long Way To Go

Employees no longer need to shrug their shoulders and feign ignorance when asked by their IT teams if they’ve heard of DropBox, out of fear that access to such convenient cloud applications would be blocked. The results of a survey commissioned by WinMagic show that IT teams are now not only aware of the rampant popularity of so-called file-sync-and-share solutions like DropBox—they are moving to support their use.

Spring 2014 Plugfest

Spring 2014 UEFI Plugfest

A colleague and I attended the Spring 2014 UEFI Plugfest in Seattle earlier this month. It was well worth attending as we had the opportunity to test and have one on one conversations with: Microsoft, Intel, the PC OEMs including HP, Lenovo, Dell, and of course the BIOS companies AMI, Insyde, and Phoenix. It was my second year in a row attending, and the third for my colleague, so we are now getting to see how things develop and change over time.