‘Critical’ For a Reason: Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure

By Rosa Hargrove | October 31, 2017
Hacking itself isn’t a problem. Disruption is. Sure, breaking into a system isn’t great, but it’s what hackers do once they’re in the system that causes the real problems. Most commonly, they’ll disseminate the information they find or infect the system with malware. Here’s what disruption looks like in that case: Phone calls with banks, […]
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Faces and Fingertips are the New Normal

By Rosa Hargrove | October 27, 2017
This Weekly Cypher focuses on how biometrics (specifically faces and fingerprints) are becoming more accepted, even though they could still be more secure.
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Why You Need to be in Cybersecurity

By Rosa Hargrove | October 26, 2017
We’re all fools. There’s an industry with a 2 percent unemployment rate and a median salary that’s over $80,000. The day-to-day tasks involve protecting people, with the added bonus of minimal risk of bodily harm. But we won’t touch it with a ten-foot pole. This week’s theme for National Cyber Security Awareness Month – Consider […]
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Cybersecurity Ethics: No Choice is Perfect

By Rosa Hargrove | October 24, 2017
You arrive at dinner a little early. The waiter seats you as you wait for your friend. A few minutes later, your friend approaches with a wave and a horrific dress shirt. It’s the kind of shirt that offends all and delights no one.  Do you tell him? Now or later? Do you want to […]
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Biometrics and Banking

By Rosa Hargrove | October 20, 2017
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: New Cryptocurrency Available for Purchase | FindBiometrics Bitcoin disrupted fintech and a new type of cryptocurrency, AML Bitcoin, takes things a […]
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Folly, Fear, and the Internet’s Future

By Rosa Hargrove | October 19, 2017
Time flies. The present roars past us, bringing us to the brink of the future before we know it. During the dial-up era, we couldn’t imagine computers in our pockets or messaging everywhere we went. As the Internet developed, the discussions around its future evolved. We wondered how it would look in “the future” – […]
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Airport Security is Due for a First-Class Upgrade

By Rosa Hargrove | October 17, 2017
From 1968 to 1972, hijackers used to take over commercial airplanes about every two weeks. With that in mind, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that in 1970, travelers didn’t have to show ID or go through a metal detector in most instances. It’s definitely nice to see how far we’ve come in terms of […]
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Cybersecurity and the State

By Rosa Hargrove | October 13, 2017
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: “The Ultimate Back Door” | New York Times Antivirus software offers millions of users peace of mind, but it may be […]
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Face Recognition is Easy, But Securing It Is Not

By Asem Othman | October 12, 2017
This is part of a series of blogs diving into the technical aspects of Veridium’s distributed data model, biometrics, and computer vision research and development by our chief biometric scientist Asem Othman. Extracting intrinsic information from faces, such as identity, gender, ethnicity, and age, is a task that humans perform routinely and efficiently. Now, machines […]
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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is Here!

By Rosa Hargrove | October 11, 2017
Americans think cybersecurity is important – as long as it’s not inconvenient. According to LastPass, over 59 percent of people use the same password for multiple accounts, even though the dangers of that behavior are well-documented. It’s everyone’s responsibility to take cybersecurity seriously, especially since multiple machines can be co-opted by one person’s mistake. Poor […]
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