Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


How safe is a quantum-safe virtual private network?

Verizon aims to find out by testing the technology, which is geared at enhancing encryption methods using session key exchange security mechanisms, the carrier said.


What’s going on with the ‘Great Resignation’?

By Steven J. Vaughan-NicholsComputerworld
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Thanksgiving Turkey Award – Worst Passwords of 2020

If the Pandemic wasn’t enough to deal with, we still have to deal with people and their poor password choices.

Three passwords security controls that really make a difference.

  • Make your passwords longer than 12 characters
  • Use a password manager to create and remember long random passwords that are different for every location or resource.
  • Use two-factor authentication everywhere you can.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving – Be sure to watch the video below.

Top 200 Worst Passwords of 2021 from NordPass

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Guest Post – Cybersecurity Trends to Know in 2019

Here’s a contribution from Orla Forrest at Irish cloud services provider Paradyn.


In this guide, we examine some emerging innovations that are helping organisations to bolster their security in 2019.

In 2019, organisations are facing an ever-growing range of cyber-threats. In fact, according to a 2018 study from Bromium, the cybercrime economy was estimated to be worth $1.5 trillion. ...

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Mis-Adventures in Biometrics

Recently there were a couple of notable fails in biometric authentication.  The fingerprint reader in Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Note10 smartphones will allow any finger to open the phone if the user has installed a cheap screen protector film.  In security parlance, this is a “fail-open” or “false positive” scenario.  An update is pending.  And Google’s new Pixel 4 phone’s facial recognition ...

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