The Rise of Digital Identity and Mobile Devices

The Rise of Digital Identity and Mobile Devices

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Resources BLOG POSTS The Rise of Digital Identity and Mobile Devices Angelo Gajo | May 17, 2019 The future of the digital age is fast steering towards a frictionless and mobile experience. In a recent online survey by IDology Inc., findings show that adults in the United States express stronger acknowledgement of digital identity with the increase in mobile phone numbers and email addresses being an important part of personal identity.IDology Inc. recently conducted an online research survey amongst adults over the age of 18 in the United States. The survey generated 1,499 respondents between January 29 and February 11. The survey findings depicted an interesting trend in the acceptance of digital identities. Of these respondents, 51% believe that their mobile phones are an important part of their identity, a…
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HMRC Deletes Voice Prints Due to Privacy Violation

HMRC Deletes Voice Prints Due to Privacy Violation

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Resources BLOG POSTS HMRC Deletes Voice Prints Due to Privacy Violation Angelo Gajo | May 15, 2019 Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) had to delete around 5 million of its users’ voice prints as it failed to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).HMRC is tasked with collecting taxes, administrating other regulatory regimes and paying some form of state support. In 2017, HMRC implemented a voice biometric system, provided by Nuance, that allowed customers to verify their identity using their voice. At its peak, HMRC had managed to enrol the voice prints of over 13% of the United Kingdom’s adult population.The courts found that HMRC did not provide an ‘opt out’ option for its users. Now, HMRC states that they will only keep the voice prints…
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Changes to Windows 10 Passwords Are Coming

Changes to Windows 10 Passwords Are Coming

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Resources BLOG POSTS Changes to Windows 10 Passwords Are Coming Angelo Gajo | May 10, 2019 Aaron Margosis, a principal consultant of Microsoft, has recently announced that Microsoft will be dropping its password expiration policies for its upcoming Windows 10 version 1903 and Windows Server 10 1903 update. This means that although the password expiration security option will remain in the upcoming update, Microsoft will stop recommending the functionality as part of their group policy security baselines.After the new discovery in recent scientific research, it has been deemed that password expirations are no longer a part of best security practices. Margosis recommends better alternative password security practices such as implementing banned password list like Azure AD password protection and most notably, multi-factor authentication. Multi-factor authentication is a method that grants…
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Scams Stole $489.7 Million from Australians

Scams Stole $489.7 Million from Australians

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Resources BLOG POSTS Scams Stole $489.7 Million from Australians Angelo Gajo | May 3, 2019 The ACCC recently published their latest report on scam activity in 2018, showing that reported losses from scams is still on the rise each year. You can visit ACCC’s website to read the full report of ‘Targeting scams: report of the ACCC on scam activity 2018’.Last year, 177,516 reports were filed to Scamwatch, amounting to $107 million reported financial losses, an 18% increase since 2017. Combined with ACORN and other government agencies, $489.7 million worth of financial losses were reported in 2018. Evidently, the screenshot below of figure 1 in the report illustrates the growing trend of filed reports year-on-year. Source: Targeting scams: report of the ACCC on scam activity 2018The top ten scams were from…
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The Pressures of Cybersecurity

The Pressures of Cybersecurity

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Resources BLOG POSTS The Pressures of Cybersecurity Angelo Gajo | April 30, 2019 In a Fortune interview with Vincent Letteri, managing director of KKR’s private equity platform, Letteri states that there has been a “big shift in assets and in value from physical assets to digital assets, and the things that generally protect those digital assets today are passwords and networks and other types of things”.To protect these digital assets, more cybersecurity laws and regulation are being implemented as the prevalence of online digital fraud continue to grow. Here in Australia, if re-elected, the Coalition government proposes to spend AUD$156 million to strengthen Australia’s cybersecurity defences and improve response times to online attacks. Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, acknowledges the increase in cyber-attacks and supports the need for better cyber…
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