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BostInno’s 2018 50 on Fire

Today, we’re officially announcing the 50 people and companies that are truly heating up Boston’s ecosystem. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be spotlighting a number of these finalists on our site and in our newsletter, The Beat.
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The Future of Credit-Card ID Verification

Credit-card companies, banks and vendors are changing how they verify consumers’ identities. Passwords and PINs could become less important. Biometric analysis could become the norm.
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Regulators: What’s Holding You Back?

Today, technology is evolving faster than regulators can keep pace with, including the rise of biometric identification systems. According to recent MasterCard study, “Biometrics are an alternative that offer potential usability improvements, while retaining or improving the security guarantees.
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Military, Government Users Just as Bad About Password Hygiene as Civilians

Military and government users aren't engaging in password hygiene any better than their brethren in less sensitive, private-sector positions, according to a new study out this week, which shows both sides creating weak passwords at about the same rate.
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Senators Concerned About State Department’s Cybersecurity Failures

A group of United States senators this week sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting clarifications regarding the Department of State’s failure to meet federal cybersecurity standards. The letter was signed by senators Ron Wyden, Cory Gardner, Edward J. Markey, Rand Paul, and Jeanne Shaheen.
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In case you were wondering why jobs are being cut…

Has Reach, the newspaper publisher formerly known as Trinity Mirror, allowed a fox to enter the henhouse? Simon Fox, chief executive, is cutting about 70 jobs after the takeover of the Express titles earlier in the year.
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How A Toaster Could Steal Your Identity

Put aside silly items like these and you can see there is a reason IoT devices exist. In simplest terms, IoT allows devices to communicate with each other via the web, sharing status and data, in order to eliminate errors produced by human intervention. Furthermore, the data generated by IoT objects can be analyzed to increase device efficiency through product enhancement and understanding usage patterns.
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Biometrics Can Give Small Businesses Big Security

With all the attention given to “enterprise-level” biometrics, it’s easy to overlook how much they can – and do – help small and medium businesses (SMB). In addition to improving cybersecurity, biometrics are also being used to help manage employees more efficiently and engage with customers more personally.
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Why you shouldn’t use your face as your password

Companies like Apple and Samsung are replacing fingerprint scanners on smartphones and tablets with facial recognition systems. While that makes design sense, does it also make security sense?
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Safe and Secure – Dr. John Callahan on Fingers, Eyes, Voice, and Face (Advanced Biometric Security in a Digital World)

The digital world in which we live requires most people to utilize devices and platforms that could potentially expose sensitive data. Breaches are a grave concern and thus security is an incredibly important issue that every individual, every business, must consider. Veridium has developed a system in which users can choose to be identified via biometrics, unique characteristics and traits (face, fingerprints, voice, etc.), and discard the archaic, insecure system of password identification.
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