Increased use of biometric security and integrated password managers will become essential as users face increasing pressure from spear phishers and other identity thieves who are increasingly running “long game” identity scams, the ANZ VP of Verizon Business has warned.
Here’s a challenge. Take a nation with a population in excess of 1.2 billion people with no privacy or data security laws and create a database that gives each and every person a unique 12-digit identifier and stores their fingerprints, a photograph and their iris. The purpose is to provide secure authentication and access to services.
Security firm Clearswift has acquired endpoint solutions developer Jedda Systems for an undisclosed sum.
Cloud-computing consultancy Paradyne will offer its customers cloud identity and access management (IAM) tools from Centrify, giving that company’s cloud-based single sign-on (SSO) technology a big leg up in a local market where cloud-based services are rapidly gaining enterprise legitimacy.
The inherently casual and decentralised nature of cloud services will increasingly push organisations to reconsider their identity and access management (IAM) infrastructure, an Ovum analyst has warned.
Destroying data to protect against fraud.
The complexity of encryption schemes has been increased dramatically in an attempt to outpace the development of computational tools designed to crack them. Now it's important to devise algorithms that can't be brute forced for trillions of years in the hopes that they will remain secure long enough to be useful before they, too, are broken. Here's a quiz about encryption to see how well you are versed in one of security's most important components. Keep track of your score and check at the end to see how well you stack up.
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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has the primary purpose of defending Australia against armed attack such as the Japanese air raids on Darwin and northern Australia during WWII. It also participates in UN peace keeping, operations with allies such as the USA and disaster relief. In essence the ADF is a form of “insurance” against security threats to our nation.
So, Identity Theft. What is it really? Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s basically when your personal details are used fraudulently to open accounts or obtain documentation in your name. This could result in debts being accumulated, for which you would initially be accountable – until you prove yourself innocent.
Some of the world’s largest corporations have recently fallen victim to hacking attacks and identify data theft, while other online businesses have been compromised and sidelined for days or weeks, losing millions of dollars in revenue and suffering significant reputational damage. It’s never been more important for companies to act in order to avoid becoming the next victim of identity data theft.
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Incident handling is a vast topic, but here are a few tips for you to consider in your incident response. I hope you never have to use them, but the odds are at some point you will and I hope being ready saves you pain (or your job!).
- Have an incident response plan.
- Pre-define your incident response team
- Define your approach: watch and learn or contain and recover.
- Pre-distribute call cards.
- Forensic and incident response data capture.
- Get your users on-side.
- Know how to report crimes and engage law enforcement.
- Practice makes perfect.
I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.