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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Chinese and Iranian hackers renew their attacks on US companies

By Fred O'Connor | February 22, 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. Chinese and Iranian hackers renew their attacks on US companies | The New York Times Businesses and government agencies in the United States have been targeted in […]
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Still using your old MyFitnessPal password to access other sites? Now is the time to retire it

By Fred O'Connor | February 21, 2019
          If you’re still using your old MyFitnessPal password to access other websites, now is the time to change and retire it. Almost a year after the diet and exercise website disclosed that it was breached, threat actors are selling the stolen credentials, which may include the usernames, passwords and email […]
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Hacked MyFitnessPal data goes on sale on the Dark Web – one year after the breach

By Fred O'Connor | February 15, 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. Hacked MyFitnessPal data goes on sale on the Dark Web – one year after the breach | Fortune The MyFitnessPal app disclosed a data breach last year affecting […]
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Using biometrics to meet PSD2’s strong customer authentication mandate

By Fred O'Connor | February 12, 2019
The Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) looks to improve how Europeans manage their money and reduce cybercrime associated with online shopping. This blog provides an overview of PSD2’s key components with an emphasis on the mandate for strong customer authentication. What is PSD2 and why is it necessary PSD2 aims to foster more competition among […]
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Hospitals turn to biometrics to identify patients

By Fred O'Connor | February 8, 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. Hospitals turn to biometrics to identify patients | The Wall Street Journal Biometric technology is coming to the hospital. Biometric systems, which identify people through fingerprints or […]
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