Cybersecurity Is An Ongoing Challenge, Not a One-Time Problem

cybersecurity IoTThe Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. This week’s topics are:

IoT, Cybersecurity, and the Mobile World | ZDNet

With over three billion smartphones in use globally, mobile is now becoming standard. Yet IoT is booming with eight billion IoT devices currently on the market, and that number is expected to jump to 25 billion by 2020. As these devices connect more of the Internet to day to day life, data breaches are becoming more dangerous: Public infrastructure like street lights or power plants could be remotely hacked. In response, cybersecurity is now a public safety concern. [Read More]

IAM Risk Awareness Essential in an Insecure World | CSO

Cloud identity-as-a-service provider OneLogin recently suffered a data breach. It is assumed that data and account credentials were compromised for their 2,000 enterprise customers. While many companies have begun to favor cloud computing over on-premises solutions, some are now questioning the cloud’s security. However, solutions developed to further secure the cloud are often overlooked at a high price. While no security solution is totally hack-proof, using a combination of different authentication factors will improve security. [Read More]

Is Technophobia a Key Obstacle to Biometric Adoption? | MobileIDWorld

Human error may be the reason for slow adoption of FinTech. A recent report by the HSBC found that while 81 percent of people said that protecting their data is very important, only 24 percent of people used fingerprint recognition to protect their data. Only 6 percent utilized voice recognition for banking, with only 24 percent of consumers aware that was an option for authentication. However, education may be the key to the adoption of biometric authentication, with trust in biometrics rising from 45 percent to 51 percent after consumers were given a demonstration. [Read More]

Hospital Cybersecurity Still a Leading Concern | HealthcareITNews

The recent ransomware attacks against the NHS should prompt more hospitals to adopt multi-factor authentication. While over 53 percent of non-federal hospitals are utilizing two-factor authentication, that still means a lot of hospitals are relying on outdated security measures, putting patient information at risk. However, critics are wary of MFA taking too much time, which isn’t convenient or safe in a hospital setting. In these cases, biometrics may be helpful to reduce time spent authenticating devices. [Read More]

Phishing and Third-Party Contracts Are Massive Security Risks | Government Technology

On June 13 at the Missouri Digital Government Summit it was revealed that despite being one of the simplest attack strategies, phishing accounts for 90 percent of successful cyber attacks. With a short supply of IT staff due to retirement, Missouri Chief Operating Officer Drew Erdmann emphasized that cybersecurity needs to be a priority for all leaders and managers – not just IT.  Though organized crime and hacktivists are well-known threats, third-party contracts are also a significant source of risk. While the panel noted that no network is truly secure, it was stressed that fundamental security measures significantly help thwart data breaches. [Read More]