This year's Infosecurity Europe conference in London is offering a top-notch range of sessions, ranging from how to battle cybercrime and social engineering to building a better security culture and workforce. Here's my list of must-see sessions.
Caffeine junkies are up in arms over reports that criminals have been targeting their Starbucks account balances. But the real story is poor password-picking practices by consumers, and Starbucks' lack of multi-factor authentication.
In the four years that he led the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, Jeremy Grant says he saw significant progress in the use of new forms of authentication - yet widespread acceptance remains years away.
Witnesses testifying at a House hearing offered divergent views on the language of legislation to nationalize data breach notification, showing the challenges lawmakers face in crafting a bill that can pass Congress and be signed by the president.
Even a few weeks after the RBI announced its plan to consider removal of the two-factor authentication requirement for small-value transactions, security critics continue to react strongly against the notion.
The increase in sophisticated hacking attacks will lead other sectors to follow the lead of the financial services industry in implementing multifactor authentication, says Ken Hunt, CEO of VASCO Data Security International.
A new report now claims the breach at JPMorgan Chase is linked to a server the bank's security team overlooked when upgrading to two-factor authentication controls. Why that oversight and a well-planned spear-phishing attack were all hackers needed.
Security experts see the FIDO Alliance's release of two universal authentication specifications as a positive move in the effort to eliminate passwords. But the standards' impact will be minimal unless they're widely adopted.
A recent blog post by Managing Editor Mathew J. Schwartz, "Why Are We So Stupid About Passwords?" raised a number of issues about the ongoing risks involved in using passwords for authentication. Read the strong reaction to the commentary and join the conversation.
The latest entrant into the password "hall of shame" is Sony Pictures Entertainment. As the ongoing dumps of Sony data by Guardians of Peace highlight, Sony apparently stored unencrypted passwords with inadequate access controls.
The development of authentication technologies that could replace the password is "nearing a tipping point," but there's still several years of work to do, says Jeremy Grant, who oversees the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.