Payment Services Directive

So, Tesco was hacked. Although there is no official word yet on how this happened, the chatter among people far smarter than me are suggesting the issue is related to passwords and the Tesco Club card.

Followers of CyberMatters will recognise that I often blog about password issues. Is there anything new to say on the subject I hear you ask? Yes…  Continue reading “Payment Services Directive”

We cannot let passwords die (yet)

I’m getting fed up with marketing that says “Passwords must die” only to present yet another solution that won’t replace them. 

The challenge to solve is ubiquity – this is why passwords have stood the test of time, even with their obvious and proven shortcomings.

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Smart Card Management – Choose your process carefully

Earlier in my career I had the privilege of working for Intercede, a company supplying smart card management systems. A core capability was the ability to manage the card lifecycle and credential lifecycle (e.g., PKI certificate), as distinct from other systems that manage credentials and placed them on cards without managing the card lifecycle. A part of the sales pitch was if you don’t manage the card lifecycle in the system, you will end up with a spreadsheet to manage the cards.
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The Day the Technology and Entertainment News Headlines Were the Same: Hackers and Nude Celebs

You will no doubt have seen by now the news that naughty photos of celebrities have appeared on the internet.

It’s the story that has everything – cyber security, the dangers of the cloud, online safety and a little bit of smut thrown in for good measure.

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