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Even Prisons Aren’t Safe from Hackers — Are You?

Is Your Data as Secure as You’d Like?

A story picked up by USA Today last year revealed a clever hacking job at a prison, of all places! A report by the Office of the Ohio Inspector General has been published detailing the incident, which occurred at The Marion Correctional Institution outside Columbus, OH. Quoting the article, “…inmates built the said computers from spare parts, transported them through security checks, hid the machines, ran cabling and ultimately connected them to the prison’s network.”

You can read the full article on USA Today here.

Is YOUR wireless or wired system vulnerable to data tampering or intrusion? Time to find out!

An Inside Job

Even Prisons Aren’t Safe from HackersAfter hiding their makeshift PC in the ceiling of a training room, inmates then hardwired it to the prison network via an unprotected router. Prison officials only discovered the hack after getting an alert that one of the computers on the network had “….exceeded its daily internet usage threshold. The log-in credentials being used were for an employee who was not working that day.”

Once their computer was connected to the system, inmates then downloaded hacking tools, forged prison security passes, and even committed identity theft!

Consequences could be forthcoming for prison staff. The report continues, “The inspector general’s report concluded that MCI employees failed to report suspected illegal activity, failed to supervise inmates and protect computer resources, failed to follow crime scene protection policies and failed to follow password security policy.”

What About Your Data?

Just as with this case, many businesses and organizations only learn they’ve been hacked AFTER the fact!

If you need a temperature data logger to store your sensitive data, CAS DataLoggers offers our secure USB data loggers. These loggers automatically take temperature measurements and also store them to a USB-compatible memory stick, allowing easy transfer to a PC for analysis and archiving. This convenient capability lets you easily collect the data whenever the device’s memory is full, instead of having to check the readings every hour or day.

With several data logger models, you can also ensure that data is saved in a tamper-free proprietary digital format. This is ideal for our customers with strict regulatory oversight including banks, R&D, hospitals, clinics, and more.

Solutions to Match Your Specific Application

The dataTaker DT8x family of intelligent, universal input data loggers has a built-in slot for a USB memory stick to store and transfer data and programs to a PC. They provide a powerful solution for the most demanding data logging applications in industry, laboratories, research projects, and more.

The Lascar EL-USB series is a family of low-cost USB data loggers with specific models that record Temperature, Humidity, and Voltage. With a built-in USB interface, they provide a very inexpensive solution for basic data collection.

For more information on our wide selection of Secure USB Data Loggers, or to find the ideal solution for your application-specific needs, contact a CAS DataLoggers Application Specialist at (800) 956-4437 or request more information.