Government shutdown severely weakens cybersecurity in US 

By Fred O'Connor | January 11, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week. Biometrics in 2019: Increased security or new attack vector?| Threatpost This year thousands of consumers unwrapped new smartphones and laptops which […]
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Your questions answered from the webinar on passwords’ underlying security issues

By Fred O'Connor | January 10, 2019
Biometric spoofing is a top concern among security professionals and identity access managers, judging by the number of people who asked John Spencer, Veridium’s chief product officer, and Ravin Sanjith, program director, at Opus Research, about this topic following a webinar on the underlying issues with using passwords for authentication. Multiple people wanted to know their […]
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Researchers develop artificial fingerprints, claiming they could hack into a third of smartphones

By Fred O'Connor | January 4, 2019
The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week. Researchers develop artificial fingerprints, claiming they could hack into a third of smartphones | CNBC Researchers from NYU and Michigan State have generated […]
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How biometrics could help enhance elections security

By Justine Brown | December 5, 2018
The last election cycle was a roller coaster. In addition to many tightly contested races, there was a great deal of talk about voter fraud. As far as we know today, there was no voter fraud committed in the 2018 mid-term elections, despite some claims to the contrary in Florida and Arizona. But even the […]
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Biometrics Can Give Small Businesses Big Security

By Constantine von Hoffman | August 29, 2018
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. The 2013 release of the Apple iPhone […]
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Two-Step & Two-Factor Authentication: What’s The Difference?

By Sarah Landes | August 2, 2018
When it comes to authentication, there’s a lot of confusion between two-step authentication (2Step) and two-factor authentication (2FA). As a result people frequently use them interchangeably and make decisions about using them for security without knowing their separate strengths and weaknesses. To that end we have created a primer explaining both and the differences between […]
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Some Myths About Biometrics and Privacy

By Constantine von Hoffman | July 25, 2018
Privacy is a big concern when it comes to biometrics. And it should be, just as it should be with anything involving personal information and the internet. However, because biometrics uses records of an individual, people get even more nervous about it. A look at the facts shows these concerns are overblown. One of the […]
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Why Behavioral Biometrics Is The Best Second-Line Defense

By Sarah Landes | June 28, 2018
Every 39 seconds there’s an attack on a device with internet access. Nine billion stolen credentials since 2013. One in nine online accounts created in 2017 was created with stolen credentials. The reason: Over-reliance on traditional forms of authentication which are not nearly strong enough to protect online information. They persist because of user demand […]
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The Importance of Multi-Factor Authentication in Cybersecurity

By Sarah Landes | June 26, 2018
The State of Cybersecurity The internet has been around for decades. It has made so many aspects of life easier. Unfortunately, with all that extra convenience, people are giving up a lot of their personal and professional security. Cyber attacks have increased enough to make headlines on an almost daily basis. Hackers are tapping into […]
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Forget Tokens, Biometric Authentication is the Future

By Ian E. Muller | June 19, 2018
Tokens are the bane of many organizations’ existence. How many times have you gotten to work only to realize you left it at home? And then even if you remember the token you still have to remember your password. Then you have to type in the code before it times out. And it’s not just […]
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