Australian Organisations Hit by Data Breaches

Australian Organisations Hit by Data Breaches

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BLOG POSTS Australian Organisations Hit by Data Breaches Angelo Gajo | June 5, 2019 | 8 minutes Numerous Australian organisations have already been affected by severe data breaches this year including big names like Princess Polly, Canva, Australian National University and Westpac. Should companies invest more in new preventative methods such as implementing biometric verifications like ArmorVox’s voice verification? Princess Polly Princess Polly, an Australian fashion boutique e-tailer, announced on May 31st that they were recently breached by an unidentified third-party. The incident exposed customers’ personal information and payment details, leaving customers vulnerable to future scams such as identity theft and credit card fraud. To remedy the situation, they deployed a curative method of hiring external IT and cybersecurity consultants to investigate the incident and repair their online security. Source:…
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Biometric Institute Released Updated 2019 Privacy Guidelines

Biometric Institute Released Updated 2019 Privacy Guidelines

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BLOG POSTS Biometric Institute Released Updated 2019 Privacy Guidelines Angelo Gajo | May 24, 2019 | 3 minutes Biometric Institute have recently updated their privacy guidelines for biometrics and this time, they included the implications introduced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).The purpose of the privacy guidelines is to guide people on biometric systems, to assure the public that ethical, good practice privacy principles were followed, to be a guide across numerous countries and jurisdictions, to provide practical advice about the implementation and management of biometrics and connected systems and finally, to help deal with biometric challenges and opportunities.The first edition of the privacy guidelines was first released to Biometric Institute members in 2006. Since its release, Auraya has been strongly supporting and adhering to the privacy codes and…
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The Rise of Digital Identity and Mobile Devices

The Rise of Digital Identity and Mobile Devices

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BLOG POSTS The Rise of Digital Identity and Mobile Devices Angelo Gajo | May 17, 2019 | 5 minutes 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…
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HMRC Deletes Voice Prints Due to Privacy Violation

HMRC Deletes Voice Prints Due to Privacy Violation

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BLOG POSTS HMRC Deletes Voice Prints Due to Privacy Violation Angelo Gajo | May 15, 2019 | 2 minutes 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…
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Changes to Windows 10 Passwords Are Coming

Changes to Windows 10 Passwords Are Coming

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BLOG POSTS Changes to Windows 10 Passwords Are Coming Angelo Gajo | May 10, 2019 | 4 minutes 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…
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