Countering APT credential use with passwordless authentication

By Fred O'Connor | July 22, 2019
Stolen credentials played a critical role in a recently disclosed cyberespionage campaign that targeted 10 mobile carriers around the world, showing that leveraging usernames and passwords remains a key tactic for threat actors and demonstrating why companies are looking into passwordless authentication.   In that attack, a cyberespionage group connected to China first exploited a vulnerability […]
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How easy are biometrics to spoof? Will liveness detection impact matching performance? (and answers to other biometric authentication FAQs)

By Fred O'Connor | April 16, 2019
Will liveness detection impact matching performance? Do behavioral biometrics make biometric authentication more effective? How easy are biometrics to spoof? These are just a few of the questions that Doctor Stephanie Schuckers, director of the Center for Identification Technology Research at Clarkson University, and Veridium lead biometric scientist Asem Otham were asked after their webinar […]
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AI Experts Question Amazon’s Facial Recognition Technology

By Fred O'Connor | April 4, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. AI Experts Question Amazon’s Facial Recognition Technology |New York Times  At least 25 prominent artificial-intelligence researchers, including experts at Google, Facebook and Microsoft, have signed a letter […]
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China’s Airport Facial Recognition Kiosks Should Make Us Fear For Our Privacy  

By Fred O'Connor | March 29, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. China’s Airport Facial Recognition Kiosks Should Make Us Fear For Our Privacy | Fast Company Matthew Brennan, an expert on Chinese technology, recently posted a short video […]
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RSA attendees interested in using biometrics at work

By Fred O'Connor | March 21, 2019
Security professionals are eager to use biometric authentication to access work applications, based on a survey Veridium conducted at RSA. When asked what biometric authentication use case they were most excited to try, 41 percent of respondents said accessing a work account. Other use cases that interested them were using biometrics to identify themselves at […]
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Japan looking at facial recognition to restrict addicts from gambling

By Fred O'Connor | March 14, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in biometric and cybersecurity news. Here are a few headlines you may have missed this week. Japan looking at facial recognition to restrict addicts from gambling | Biometric Update The government of Japan plans to ask gambling venue operators to consider using facial recognition […]
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Overheard at RSA: the challenges around passwords

By Fred O'Connor | March 11, 2019
Amid sessions on IoT security, how to protect organizations from ransomware attacks and attack trends, an arguably less sexy but equally important security topic permeated the 2019 RSA Conference: the challenges around passwords. Here’s a roundup of just a few of the undoubtedly many times that passwords were discussed at RSA. What’s stronger: kale or […]
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With biometrics common in their personal lives, people want to use the technology at work

By Fred O'Connor | March 6, 2019
Using biometrics to unlock a smartphone and access mobile apps has become common. The annoyance of remembering swipe patterns, PINs and passwords has been replaced with a better user experience: touch a fingerprint sensor or just look at your smartphone’s screen and you’re authenticated. In addition to using biometric authentication in their personal lives, people […]
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Your questions on strong customer authentication answered

By Fred O'Connor | February 28, 2019
Are European banks prepared to provide strong customer authentication (SCA)? How can biometrics be stored securely? What two-factor authentication methods do banks prefer to use to provide strong customer authentication? These are just a few of the questions we received after our webinar on PSD2 and how payment providers can provide strong customer authentication without impeding […]
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