emFAST Inc.

emFAST Inc.

January 19, 2007 17:00 ET

Media Advisory: Expert Sources Available to Discuss Recent Data Breaches

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 19, 2007) -

Situation Analysis:

January 18: A backup computer file went missing between Montreal and Toronto containing private information about nearly half-million current and former customers of a CIBC mutual fund subsidiary, the bank said today. Source: Toronto Star.

Specific Data Compromised: Details may have included names, addresses, signatures, bank account numbers and social insurance numbers. The computer file went missing while in transit between Montreal and Toronto. Authorities in both cities are investigating. Source: Toronto Star.

Increasing Frequency: Yesterday it was revealed hackers got into the systems of TJX Cos., the U.S. parent of Canadian retailers Winners and HomeSense, and stole customer information. Two days ago, TJX Cos., the parent company of retail giants TJ Maxx and Marshalls reported a similar breach of customer credit and debit card information.

Sources Available:

Simon Hunt, CTO, SafeBoot

Expertise: Data/Content Encryption, International Policy, Compliance and Regulations

Simon Hunt is the Chief Technology Officer for SafeBoot. For more than 10 years, Mr. Hunt has served as an innovator and recognized specialist in the security industry - with special focus on data encryption. Mr. Hunt was one of the founding employees of SafeBoot and steered the product line from an end-user managed solution to an award-winning enterprise scalable and manageable system. Mr. Hunt has a background in IT Consultancy and Training, with five years involvement in product management and consultancy for security product providers, and three years with a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Hunt is a frequent speaker at industry tradeshows and symposia, and has authored numerous whitepapers and articles on implementing data encryption and mobile data protection technology in the enterprise.

To schedule an interview with Mr. Hunt, please contact:
Jim Engineer, e-Rainmaker PR for SafeBoot
Mobile: 630.728.1387, or jim.engineer@e-rainmaker.com

Paul Bird, Managing Director, emFAST

Expertise: Secure Data Management, Secure Messaging

Paul Bird is the Managing Director of emFAST Inc. For more than five years, Mr. Bird has focused his work on assisting organizations of all sizes with the management and transmission of sensitive data. Mr. Bird is recognized as a visionary with the keen ability to unite both mature and emerging technologies to enhance the security of data throughout the full lifecycle. Mr. Bird has worked extensively throughout Canada and the United states with organizations of all sizes to investigate, deploy and maintain secure messaging solutions. Mr. Bird is the leading driver in the emergence of emFAST as a provider of ground breaking secure messaging solutions.

To schedule an interview with Mr. Bird, please contact:
Isabel King, Corporate Communications Manager, emFAST,
(866) 436-3278 x 58, or iking@emfast.com


More on the escalating threat of laptop theft from www.privacyrights.org:

A typical Fortune 1000 financial institution loses 1 laptop a day.

A typical Fortune 1000 company can't locate 2% of their PC's.

A PriceWaterhouse study (7-12.2004) reported that 11,202 laptops and 208,927 handhelds/phones were left behind in taxi cabs in London, Paris, and Sydney.

During a one year period (2.05-3.06) 53,532,840 Americans had personal information stolen or exposed.

Consider also the following sampling of headlines over the past two months specific to laptop theft and vulnerability market-wide:

"Boeing laptop with data on 382,000 employees stolen"
December 14, 2006

"Starbucks loses laptops with data on 60,000 employees"
November 6, 2006

"Patient data exposed in two separate security breaches"
December 1, 2006

"Los Alamos confirms data breach"
October 26, 2006

Contact Information

  • emFAST Inc.
    Isabel King
    Corporate Communications Manager
    1-866-436-3278 x 58
    Email: iking@emfast.com