It’s Friday, September 13, 2019. Spooky! While Friday the 13th is particularly scary for the superstitious, it’s not as scary as the risk posed by password practices. Yeah, we just went there…
Some of our favorite stories this week involve passwords and even a passwordless future. As cyberattacks continue to increase, we continue to emphasize that multi-factor authentication (MFA) is the strongest tool for protecting against phishing and other password attacks. To celebrate MFA, we’d like to share with you a brief history of authentication.
Before there was MFA, users simply authenticated with something they know (i.e. a username and password). Authentication evolved from a username and password to a second factor (basic MFA) which leveraged something you might have like a phone, smartcard, or physical device. Modern MFA taps into who you are, or biometric authentication via fingerprints, retina scans, facial recognition, etc. The next generation of MFA is adaptive and weighs how a user is authenticating. Take a moment to learn more about the evolution of MFA!
Now onto this week’s news…
A Wag of the Finger to Passwords
This week Hitachi announced that its latest technology would allow users to authenticate to devices by simply raising their hand. Hand gesture authentication eliminates passwords by enabling devices with 720p cameras to scan users’ finger vein patterns. As an organization, we believe the future is passwordless. Read more on Biometric Update
Mothers Against Data Breaches
A Chicago mother filed a lawsuit against Pearson Clinical Assessment, a company that holds records for nearly 1 million students, was breached in August. The breach exposed the records of 49,000 students and 2,300 teachers. Cyberattacks are increasing across the board, however, higher education institutions are a favorite target for malicious actors. Read more on CBS Chicago
Three Tips to Safeguard Your Small Business
If a large enterprise suffers a data breach, it will surely make headlines. Small businesses that suffer cyberattacks may not receive the same coverage, but the threat of a potential cyberattack remains quite real. From multi-factor authentication (MFA) to endpoint security, there are several steps small businesses can take to safeguard against cyberattacks. Read more on Security Boulevard
Get Ahead of the Growing Ransomware Threat
Ransomware attacks have risen in 2019 with most attacks stemming from brute force and remote desktop attacks. Although, across the board, cyberattacks are on the rise, organizations can protect themselves with a variety of tools ranging from multi-factor authentication to endpoint security. Read more on ZDNet