Security isn’t an issue for Scribbos, IT Security Innovation is in our DNA!

13 01 2010

Scribbos continues to get traction in the secure communication marketplace and acknowledged key industry analyst and experts.  With a growing community of users and continous improvement of the infrastructure, security models and secure integration options Scribbos is a clear leader in IT security and B2B communications.  Based on the level of security, ease of use and production security capabilities, Scribbos was recently awarded the Innovation of the Year for IT security.

Stonebranch’s Christoph Maier was onsite to recieve the IT security award in Germany and this represents a clear win for Scribbos and our customers.  Many thanks to production security architects, our development team and our customers for helping us bring to market a product that provides compliance and security without complexity.

Christoph Maier, Marketing Specialist Stonebranch, Klaus Hecht, eleven GmbH, Albert Sturm, head of IT at the City Straubing, Ulrich Parthier, Publisher, it security, Peter Weierich , head of sales and marketing, computer science Volcker AG, Dr. Mark Michels, Corporate Information Security Officer at the Knorr-Bremse AG (from left).

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Did you budget for the lawsuit?

9 11 2009

Moving files from work to home is a pretty normal thing in this telecommuting world. Many do it via email, while I we are all finalizing our budgets for 2010 you might want to put in something to help ensure the security of your files as they are sent inside and outside of the business. Why? Well because your company could be held liable for not taking the right care of personal information.

A group of Michigan employees recently broke new legal ground when a jury awarded them $275,000 for the disasters that befell their lives when their union neglected to safeguard their Social Security and driver’s license numbers. The verdict against Michigan Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is the first in the nation to find that a custodian of employee information has a duty to guard the data with scrupulous care.
As reports of high-profile security breaches across the country continue to escalate, and the number of victims burgeons, many experts think that, with the Michigan case as a benchmark, courts across the nation are poised to find employers liable for the consequences of their failures to keep personal data private. And in the state capitols, lawmakers are starting to create new duties for employers, making them responsible for safeguarding sensitive information. Here’s a look at what’s going on in the courts and the state legislatures.

“The Michigan case is the first I’ve seen that affirms the imposition of liability on the person who negligently handled sensitive information,” says attorney Philip Gordon of law firm Littler Mendelson. “It’s a national precedent that opens the door to employer liability for workplace identity theft in other jurisdictions that likely will follow Michigan’s example.”

“We know that identity theft is escalating,” says Judith Collins, director of the Michigan State University-Business Identity Theft Partnerships in Prevention, suggesting that more decisions like Michigan’s are waiting to happen. “Our phones are ringing off the hook. And we know that the majority of identity thefts happen in the workplace,” said Collins.





GMail may not be good for business or at least education

27 09 2009

Gmail has had some migration issues which may be of interest – a recent issue at Brown showed that not all data transformations and migrations are created equal.

Here are the details of the issue from CNET

As a result of a bug in a Google Apps e-mail migration tool, some students at Brown University found other students’ e-mail in their in-box over the weekend as Google was moving their e-mail from Exchange to Gmail, Google confirmed on Friday.

The problem affected a “handful” of organizations that use Google Apps, a spokesman said. He declined to specify how many were affected or how many individual users were affected.

Some more details from Read, Write, Web (RWW):

A recent bug in Google Apps allowed students at several colleges to read each other’s email messages and some were even able to see another student’s entire inbox. The issue occurred at a small handful of colleges, admitted Rajen Sheth, senior product manager for Google Apps, but he declined to say how many other institutions were affected. However, according to Donald Tom, director of IT for support services at Brown University, one of the institutions undergoing the transition, he got the impression that a total of 10 schools faced the problem…..

Going to the cloud, doesn’t always mean everything is going to go smooth, according to read write web:

“I’ve spoken very forcefully with the account (executive), my boss, senior administrators at Brown — including the president. (Google needs) to find a better way to communicate with us,” said Tom.

When considering a move to a cloud service, most companies and institutions focus on how the change will affect budgets and the bottom line. They also think about data conversion issues and possible needs for re-training in some cases. However, one of the things that doesn’t come up as often is exactly how communication will take place between the business and the company involved.