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Where Are The Cybersecurity Threats?

The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. This week’s topics are:

Active Management, Not Defence, Key in Enterprise Cybersecurity | Business Standard

The ever-increasing rash of cyberattacks on corporations is leading many to worry about not just data security, but interruptions to their day to day operations. An attack is no longer isolated to a single business. It isn’t just Dropbox that’s affected when a DDoS attack knocks out their server farm, it’s all the businesses and consumers that use Dropbox. This is creating an unsustainable ecosystem of risk, and businesses need to be better prepared for any potential attack, not just on themselves, but on the services and systems that they use as well. This means actively managing their threat landscape and cybersecurity strategies, not just setting up defenses. [Read More]

Face Recognition Might Not Be The Best For Privacy | ComputerWorld

We keep reading news about the latest AI-driven facial recognition algorithms, and how they’re capable of tracking people down on social media. While some of these reports can be chalked up to fear mongering, the truth is that facial recognition is the most worrisome biometric for the privacy-focused. When we share our images and selfies online, we’re providing hackers with all the resources they need to crack our facial recognition-based authentication. All they need is a few selfies and a printer. Even with liveness solutions that check for image depth, a 3D printed mask could be enough to bypass them. [Read More]

New Yorkers See Massive Rise in Data Breaches | DarkReading

The New York Attorney General’s office saw a 60 percent rise in reported data breaches last year, resulting in more than 1.6 million personal records exposed by hackers. This sharp increase has been a common trend across the globe, highlighting an increased need for personal security, and a sharper look at global privacy practices. According to the report, 81 percent of these data breaches included Social Security numbers and financial information. [Read More]

Are Movies Influencing the Future of Biometrics? | Business 2 Community

The biometrics industry is evolving at an amazing pace, and companies are finding new and innovative ways to deploy biometric authentication every day. However, when it comes to what’s influencing these new developments, some may be looking to science fiction for the next big breakthrough. In a brief infographic that examines sci-fi movies of the past and how they use biometrics, we can see a majority turning to face, voice, and DNA scans, all of which have seen heavy development in the last few years, with a rising focus on DNA and other harder-to-spoof biometrics recently. [Read More]

Test Your Cybersecurity Knowledge | Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center recently published a cybersecurity quiz with 10 questions to test how much you know about cybersecurity, the tactics hackers use, and how to best protect yourself. The quiz includes a variety of questions that, even if you get them wrong, will get you thinking of your own threat landscape, and where your personal or professional cybersecurity practices might be weakest. [Read More]

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