Passwords Are The Weakest Link In Cybersecurity Today

Source: CNBC
 
Last month’s news of the devastating breach at Yahoo stunned even the most seasoned security experts, given its impact on more than 500 million individuals.
 
Somewhat lost in the news of this attack and others including OPM, Anthem, and  the DNC is that the impact of each of these breaches cannot be viewed in isolation.  Rather, each is one node in a much bigger effort driven by state-sponsored actors to gather data on people in sensitive positions. 
 
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American Economic Activity Is Rooted In Global Flow Of Information

Source: Forbes
 
In July, citizens around the globe watched a coup attempt unfold in Turkey, by following it on their smartphones and computers through Facebook, Twitter and other online media. Turkey's president turned to his iPhone to help thwart the coup, appealing to his country's citizens via Facetime on live television while calling for his supporters to take to the streets via the very social media platforms he once denounced and repressed.
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Authentication Tools Are Getting Better; Don’t Get Stuck in the Past

 

From the buzz in the technology press over the last two weeks, one might think that end times are nigh in the world of authentication. Several media outlets wrote stories discussing NIST’s recent proposal around use of SMS-based solutions for digital authentication in the U.S. government, with headlines like “NIST axes SMS-based two factor authentication” and “U.S. government says SMS codes aren’t safe – so now what?”

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Long Past Time to Fix Evidence-Sharing Across Borders

By: Bryan Cunningham, Senior Advisor, The Chertoff Group
SourceThe Hill
 

Chertoff Group Senior Advisor Bryan Cunningham writes "Everyone agrees that the current international order for sharing evidence in criminal prosecutions is broken ... There are steps, however, that could advance the much-needed process of modernizing international evidence gathering and, more importantly, better protect privacy and civil liberties and help save U.S. internet-based businesses from being trapped between inconsistent legal obligations in the U.S. and overseas. One such step would be legislation improving the U.S. laws governing international evidence exchange while, at the same time, encouraging our allies and other countries to do likewise." 

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