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Protecting Employee Access is Key for Advancing 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:

Lyft Employees May be Abusing Data Access | The Verge

An anonymous Lyft employee reported that some employees were tracking rides their partners and celebrities were taking, sparking an internal investigation by the ride-sharing firm. The company confirmed that its engineers are able to review customer data, but all record access was tracked and that any improper access would be reviewed. [Read More]

Veterans Affairs Employee Arrested for Selling Veterans’ Identities | The Daily Caller

A former database administrator for the US Department of Veterans Affairs was recently indicted for allegedly attempting to sell the Social Security numbers of veterans, as well as trespassing on government property after being found outside the VA complex he previously worked at after being terminated. He is believed to have been trafficking in identity theft and access devices to VA data. [Read More]

IBM Study Shows Biometrics Have A Promising Future for Identity Management | SecurityIntelligence

IBM recently published a comprehensive report on identity management and security, focusing on demographics and the use of passwords, biometrics, and multi factor authentication. The findings may come as little surprise, as Millennials are more likely to embrace newer technologies, like biometrics and password managers, and that more people are beginning to acknowledge that security is more important than convenience when it comes to mobile banking. [Read More]

Privileged Access Management is Critical in Financial Services | BizTech

As data breaches worsen, banks are a prime target for hackers. But, improving identity and access management (IAM) solutions with tools like privileged access management (PAM) can play a key role in improving security and keeping up with new regulations, like the EU’s GDPR. PAM turns the focus of IAM to minimizing access privileges to all users to the bare minimum they need to do their jobs. This reduces the threat of bad actors leveraging high-privileged access to enter a system, and much more. [Read More]

NIST Digital identity Guideline Deadline Fast Approaching | GCN

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology’s revised guidelines on digital identity deadline is approaching, pushing government agencies to upgrade their legacy systems and applications to remain compliant. The new guidelines are aimed at improving access security, protecting an increasingly mobile workforce, and making the levels of assurance aspects of identity and authentication for federal workers more flexible. [Read More]

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