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Multi Factor Authentication for Better Security

The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week:

Users Hate Multi Factor Authentication: Myth or Fact? | CSO

While it might be easy to assume that employees hate using multi factor authentication (MFA) to access their workstations, the problem is actually much more complex than that. It’s not that they don’t like the security MFA provides, it’s that they hate having to do it multiple times a day for what seems like no reason. Part of a successful identity and access management strategy is building rules that determine when MFA is necessary, and when it’s okay to let the user sign back in under reduced security protocols. [Read More]

Is Taking a Photo of Your Watch Strong Authentication? | BleepingComputer

Researchers at Florida International University are exploring a version of two-factor authentication that uses computer vision technology to analyze a photo taken by the end user, rather than a PIN or token. The idea is that the user snaps a photo of an everyday object they always have on them, such as their watch, as their form of strong authentication, instead of using factors that have proved to be less than secure in the past. The question is if this method is better than other emerging MFA solutions, such as biometric authentication? [Read More]

Aadhaar Enrollment Will Soon Require Biometric Signoff As Well | Hindustan Times

The controversial Aadhaar project in India will be getting a bit of an upgrade soon, which requires government and bank employees to sign off on end-user enrollment using their own biometrics. This change was made in an effort to address concerns regarding the collection of biometrics and potential identity fraud during enrollment. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of the Aadhaar-issuing body, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), noted that enrollment is set to occur primarily in banks, post offices, and government buildings. [Read More]

4 out of 5 Companies Planning Major Cybersecurity Management Changes in 2018 | ChannelFutures

The majority of enterprises are planning to overhaul their cybersecurity management strategies in 2018, with almost half planning to outsource to a managed security services provider for the first time. This increased focus on cybersecurity follows dramatic increases in both the scope and severity of data breaches in 2017, primarily the Equifax breach and the fallout from it. [Read More]

LastPass Highlights the Threat Passwords Pose | Betanews

A recent report from password manager firm LastPass highlights a frightening statistic – 61 percent of professionals reuse weak passwords, despite 91 percent understanding that it’s dangerous to do so. It’s almost understandable though. At even a 250-person company there are nearly 47,750 passwords in use on any given day, the firm noted, a nearly-impossible number to keep track of and remember. That’s about 191 passwords per person for their enterprise accounts. This critical issue highlights the need for password-free strong authentication. [Read More]

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