As we anticipated when we first wrote about the Digital Identity Guidelines published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the new recommendations have ignited a fierce debate in the cybersecurity community. What is the best authentication method to protect access to data and systems? Is two-factor enough or does multifactor provide the best defense? What delivery methods are the most secure? Which backend infrastructures ensure the right people access the right data?
Cyber Security is now well and truly on the map. Politicians wax lyrical about how they’re fighting it, entire supplements of every major Sunday newspaper are dedicated to it and in general, the world is that little bit more savvy, I’m delighted to say.
Given that passwords are on the front line of defence in the security of corporates and individuals, it’s mind boggling how elementary some people’s passwords are. Some recent research by LeakedSource, delved into the frequency of use of LinkedIn’s 10 most pathetic passwords. Topping the list is “123456” with an incredible 753,305 LinkedIn users, using this most perfunctory of passwords.
The morals of hackers sank to new lows last week, when three hospitals across the UK were targeted with ransomware in malicious cyber attacks. The upshot was that all operations, procedures and appointments were cancelled, affecting over 1000 patients.