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August 2015

FRSC, NIMC to harmonize biometric data

The Federal Road Safety Corps and National Identity Management Commission on Wednesday in Abuja began the process of harmonizing biometric data as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Buhari’s had on August 10 directed all agencies involved in collection and usage of biometric data in Nigeria to harmonise the data. The president said all the agencies should work collaboratively, instead of going in different directions, saying that adequate data was …Read More

Password-Based Authentication ‘No Longer Capable of Meeting Modern Security Demands’

As many as 84% of people responding to a survey by mobile authentication platform provider LaunchKey would like to totally eliminate passwords in a world where a near majority have more than 10 passwords to manage. The survey taken in the US in August 2015 also found that demands on users are exacerbated by the fact that such systems require them to change passwords frequently. LaunchKey’s survey also highlighted disquiet about systems that require users …Read More

EMV Is Just a Stepping Stone to Broader Technology

Chip cards alone are just one option for EMV, as the technology is a foundation for other, more secure payment solutions beyond the chip. For example, this created the possibility for contactless NFC devices, such as Apple Pay, that utilize tokenization and transmits a ‘token’ as a secure substitute for a user’s actual account number.  Implementing EMV in the U.S. is a step in the right direction toward more secure …Read More

NSA preps quantum-resistant algorithms to head off crypto-apocalypse

The National Security Agency is advising US agencies and businesses to prepare for a time in the not-too-distant future when the cryptography protecting virtually all e-mail, medical and financial records, and online transactions is rendered obsolete by quantum computing. Quantum computers have capabilities that can lay to ruin all of the public-key cryptographic systems currently in use. These capabilities, which aren’t known to be present in the classical computers of …Read More

Dropbox now allowing for USB keys as part of two-factor authentication

Dropbox has announced this week that it has enabled USB (U2F) keys as part of their two-factor authentication security. The keys, which are actual physical pieces of hardware, can be placed on your keychain and can be used as the second piece of a two-factor login, rather than needing to receive a code via text, email or authentication app. Google made a similar announcement last year, allowing for Gmail login …Read More

Another Salvo in the Second Crypto War (of Words)

Prosecutors from New York, London, Paris, and Madrid wrote an op-ed in yesterday’s New York Times in favor of backdoors in cell phone encryption. There are a number of flaws in their argument, ranging from how easy it is to get data off an encrypted phone to the dangers of designing a backdoor in the first place, but all of that has been said before. And since anecdote can be …Read More

FIDO Authentication Gains Momentum in US and European Financial Services

The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, an industry consortium launched in 2013 to revolutionize online security with open standards for simpler, stronger authentication, today announced new leadership from the Financial Services industry will contribute valuable experience and insight to the global initiative poised to supplant the world’s reliance on passwords. Today, leading banks in Europe and the U.S., ING Bank and USAA, join Bank of America, Discover, MasterCard, PayPal, and …Read More

Researchers develop quantum-computing safe crypto

A team of researchers claim to have developed secure, quantum computing-proof encryption that can be practically implemented today. The paper, Post-quantum key exchange for the TLS protocol from the ring learning with errors problem is written by Joppe Bos from NXP Semiconductors in Belgium, Craig Costello and Michael Naehrig at Microsoft Research, and mathematician Douglas Stebila from Queensland University of Technology. Quantum computers have long been thought to be able to …Read More

Bundesdruckerei acquires majority interest in IT security specialist genua

Bundesdruckerei GmbH has acquired a majority share in the German IT security specialist, genua gmbh, based in Kirchheim near Munich. genua specialises in network security solutions and focuses on customers with special IT security requirements – above all mechanical engineering companies and public authorities. Its product range includes firewalls, virtual private networks (VPNs) for secure data exchange on the Internet, remote maintenance solutions for machinery and IT systems, as well …Read More