28 August 2013
Because of the substantial value they hold, financial services organisations have always been a prime target for cyber criminals. We have seen many data breaches and targeted attacks against networks, applications, websites and, most importantly, data and information. In recent years, organised crime has shown increasing sophistication. This has meant that in addition to the more traditional hacks used to ultimately perpetrate fraud, we have seen a surge in attacks targeted at disrupting business operations in order to extract ransom.
11 August 2013
I have spent the last 18 months pondering on the whole sphere of identity and authentication and a number of things have happened:
The analysts continue to tell us that lax password management and policies continue to put individuals and organisations at risk (according to the Trustwave Global Security Report 2013, Welcome1 is the most commonly used password by count - followed closely by STORE123 and Password1 - whereas Password1 is still most widely used when looking at % of unique active directory samples, followed closely by password1 and Welcome1)
8 August 2013
As far as I can tell, apart from sci-fi buffs and Big Bang Theory fans, biometrics started to enter public consciousness in 2009-2010 and since then, we have experienced increased user acceptance. This started with biometrics usage for border security as the most significant development due to technology advances and large scale national ID deployments.