What the government shutdown teaches us about cybersecurity

By John Callahan | February 13, 2019
The partial shutdown of the U.S. government last month prevented ranchers from applying for farm loans, Coast Guard personnel from getting paid and tourists from visiting the Smithsonian Institution. It also had an impact on cybersecurity. For example, the security certificates used by more than 130 US government websites expired, which made it easier for threat […]
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Increasing Cyberthreats To Critical Infrastructure And The Need For Information Sharing

By John Callahan | December 19, 2018
It’s hard to believe we’re not far away from the 20th anniversary of the dreaded Y2K bug that put fear into every technology professional’s life at the turn of the millennium. The Y2K bug was initially thought to be a major safety threat because experts claimed there were significant flaws in the software of computers […]
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Facial Recognition Technology is Everywhere. Should we worry?

By John Callahan | August 15, 2018
Facial recognition systems are showing up everywhere it seems. While it’s not only used for security (at the Soccer Hall of Fame it will personalize visitor experience), that is its primary purpose. There have been many deployments at large venues, like airports around the world — it already caught an imposter in the U.S. — […]
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Who Owns Your Identity?

By John Callahan | June 15, 2018
In the era of digital identities, our personal data is strewn about the Internet. We regularly divulge details about our private lives on social media, from those “Nine truths and a lie” quizzes to sharing our location with our friends. Beyond social media, a basic image search can nearly always bring up a clear headshot […]
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Biometrics Can Provide Better Data Provenance

By John Callahan | June 6, 2018
Imagine these scenarios: Insiders at a financial institution place transactions using e-execution and then deny involvement when trades lose money. Regulated individuals share secrets and collude to fix pricing via messaging services. Fraud occurs through re-diverted funds within Treasury departments. Funds are embezzled or redirected for personal gain. Confidential data is accessed for market price […]
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Blockchain & Biometrics: The Future of Identity

By John Callahan | May 25, 2018
In the future biometrics will be used extensively for identity management. Biometric authentication is already closely tied to the concept of identity since some biometrics can uniquely identify you within a given set of users (e.g., employees or citizens). In this context, identity is the means by which you make “claims” to rights, membership, and ownership […]
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Could Iris Recognition be Coming to the Enterprise?

By John Callahan | May 22, 2018
Our daily lives are finally catching up to the sci-fi visions we read and dreamed about 30 years ago: virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and biometrics to name a few. As such, our experiences of technology in the workplace are on the cusp of dramatic shifts. Notwithstanding the recent popularity of Touch ID, biometric authentication has […]
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Mobile devices: The ‘last mile’ to enterprise biometrics

By John Callahan | May 7, 2018
Authenticating who is truly behind any action, whether it’s logging into Twitter or accessing a bank account, is the biggest challenge in security today. At the enterprise level, this reality is infinitely more critical: businesses need to completely secure access to their systems and data and be certain that only those who are granted access […]
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Blockchain is a Highway: Blame the Drivers, Not the Road

By John Callahan | April 12, 2018
Blockchain technology offers great potential to revolutionize how we store, access, and share data digitally. From protecting our digital identities to sharing photos of cats (the favorite pastime of the Internet), blockchain is simply a new way to transmit information. Any information. And just like previous technologies used for the same ends, that information could […]
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