Why Your Business Requires Security

The States and Federal Identity Theft and Privacy Protection Laws now require businesses, agencies and organizations of all sizes to protect all personal information they store, and report to all their customers whenever a breach occurs. The financial ramifications after having a data breach can be very substantial to both present and future business. In some many cases a company never does recover from a breach and is forced to close down. Currently, the average cost on a company is $3.7M per incident.

Archive for Employee Security

Dec
08

Patco Needed To Take Responsibility For Their Own Security

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In the ComputerWorld article “Judge rules against trial in lawsuit by victim of $588K cyber heist” by Jaikumar Vijayan about the lawsuit between Patco and Ocean Bank there were no winners here. There were mistakes done on both sides and lack of responsibility. Since I was not in the courtroom and didn’t follow the trial I can’t say if the judge’s ruling was the correct one but here is why both plaintiff and defense lost. Read More→

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Dec
05

SecurID Tokens Are Being Hacked

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Are Your Secure ID Tokens Really Secure From Being Hacked?

One of the leading supplier of one time passwords (OTP) tokens is RSA (an EMC company) has recently been in the news because Lockheed Martin and L-3 Communications had their SecurID tokens being hacked. RSA said that attackers had accessed code related to its SecurID two-factor authentication technology. Read More→

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Dec
01

One Cyber Attack Can Affect All Your Other Accounts

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Sony, Amazon, Google, Lockheed Martin, Michaels, and many other companies reported cyber attacks within the last month. However, these attacks may have even far reaching security threats to other companies and individual accounts than you might realize. Majority of internet users have the exact same User Name and Password for multiple accounts. So if you fall into this category, all your other accounts have been made vulnerable. Read More→

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Jan
10

Obama Administration Plans Internet ID

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Internet security today without a Government Internet ID Card

Fox News reported on 1/8/11 that ” Obama Administration Reportedly Plans to Create Internet ID for All Americans“. Obama wants the Commerce Department to create Internet ID for all Americans.

Internet IDWithout getting into the political side, there are some key concerns that arisewith a government issues Internet ID card.  Digital certs will be implemented, but they are difficult to manage. Their main advantage is the non-repudiation feature – ensuring that an individual actual did something and can’t deny it later. But to get that you need a central location to first authenticate that you are who you say you are. With all the fake and stolen ID’s out there can one really be sure of an individual’s identity anymore?  That then may lead to fingerprinting everyone which brings up a whole new area of privacy concerns. Then who is going to check records and issue the cards? How much will they cost, who pays for it, and will it be such that only the “wealthy” can use the internet securely?

Gary Locke, Commerce Secretary, states “We are not talking about a national ID card. We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy, and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities.”

If what Gary is saying is true, well that password security and management solution already exists with products like Power LogOn from Access Smart. To be up front, that is the product I helped develop and sell. Without going into a marketing/sales post (and I hate them too),  please give me a moment to explain what it does.

So before waiting for a “national Internet ID card for the virtual world”, there are time-tested solutions available today.

Power LogOn is  a secure, multi-authentication smartcard that stores URLs, User Names and Passwords to 100+ sites without the user having to remember or type them. Now with the user out of the logon process, they are protected from phishing, pharming, key loggers and other ID Theft attacks. Then for those companies with servers, Power LogOn can interface with LDAP, Active Directory and such so IT can manage their company’s information. It’s an Internet ID card that the individual or corporate IT Director manages, and not the government.

Passwords are not the problem with online security and identification. It is how we as humans with all our foibles that make accounts insecure. If you are interested in additional cloud security issues, please read my other blogs. So before waiting for a “national Internet ID card for the virtual world”, there are time-tested solutions already on the market that can protect individuals and companies of any size today for a fraction of the cost of a government project.

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Oct
10

Tips on how to create a strong password

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Uniblue (www.uniblue.com) recently posted the following arcticle on password security. While all their points are spot on, there still is one hole: How is someone expected to manage all these security tips? Answer: Power LogOn by Access Smart. (www.access-smart.com).

Uniblue Article:

(October 2010) Choosing a strong password is of great importance to everyone. However, it is not always easy to know what makes a strong and secure password which would leave hackers empty handed and reduce the potential of being a victim of other online threats. Read More→

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