November 14, 2013
Political hacktivists have once again hijacked a prominent website. The attack vector, however, is surprising. They did it by fax. Yes – you read that correctly.
November 12, 2013
The "Internet of things" is here, with tiny devices talking to other tiny devices, and to not-so-tiny computers, and to the not-even-close-to-tiny corporations that own them, and maybe even to us.
November 7, 2013
Best Multifactor Solution: Products here provide enhanced security to end-users or devices by offering credentials for access to an authenticator or authentication server.
November 5, 2013
Will the consortium's approach prove practical? Only time will tell. "Until the standards are released, and implementations actually appear, it is anyone's guess as to what the adoption rate might be," says Peter Tapling, president and CEO of Authentify, an out-of-band authentication provider. Although his firm is a FIDO Alliance member, Tapling is not speaking on the alliance's behalf.
October 14, 2013
Two-factor authentication, or TFA for short, is a fairly simple and straightforward process in principle. It essentially consists of two separate and distinct factors which you use to gain access into a restricted area such as a digital data lockup, an online account, an electronic device or even a physical space of some kind.
October 7, 2013
KBA technology is no longer sufficient and secure when it comes to validating the online identities based on data breaches experienced by LexisNexis (News - Alert), Dun & Bradstreet and Kroll Background America, all knowledge-based authentication (KBA) information providers.
July 12, 2013
Authentify xFA provides simple, secure primary authentication using digital certificates and voice biometrics
Every time I log on to a financial services or e-commerce website I get nervous as hell. My hands hesitate over the keyboard when it comes time to enter my site password. There's always a set of nagging questions in the back of my mind: Will my account credentials be compromised in some way? Will they be leaked, or stolen? Will someone use my account logon information to rob me blind?
July 9, 2013
Authentify is offering banks a way to build security into their mobile apps. Authentify xFA, introduced Tuesday, is a mobile app that replaces a customer's password with a digital image and a spoken passphrase.
July 1, 2013
There are lots of ways to do SSO, but most of them are costly – either in real money or in human resources – to deploy, provision and support. And that issue of "secure"? That usually, in today's systems, means multifactor. Of course, that drives the cost up a bit. So, we need a better way, apparently. What's the solution? An interesting company called Authentify has a good solution to the problem, called xFA, that addresses security and simplicity of management.
May 9, 2013
Unless you are running a computer-based trading firm in which computer controlled accounts are trading with other computer controlled accounts, your digital business is more likely at the intersection of carbon and silicon, that is, the intersection of people and computers. The computer, a silicon based entity, will attempt a task as many times as it takes to succeed unless told otherwise.
May 6, 2013
This week's ITA Members Only Spotlight shines on companies who are keeping our data and property safe! See how they are using technology to transform their industry.
February 19, 2013
After a year punctuated by innovation and collaboration, the Illinois technology community is excited to honor the businesses and individuals contributing to its success. The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is now accepting nominations for the 14th annual CityLIGHTS Awards that celebrate the growth and vitality of the Illinois technology community. Nominations close March 15, 2013.
January 7, 2013
If you think people have too many passwords, you're right. The 2012 Online Registration and Password study, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that 58% of online adults have five or more unique passwords for varied logins - and 30% have more than 10 unique passwords they need to remember. How annoying is that? The survey also found that 38% of people would rather fold laundry and scrub toilets than come up with new passwords.
October 17, 2012
The recent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against Bank of America, Chase, PNC and U.S. Bancorp, recently attributed to Iran by unnamed U.S. government officials, should come as no surprise to the financial services industry or the IT security organizations that support their online services.
August 28, 2012
Experts Say Trust Overshadowed Due Diligence
August 26, 2012
In a new twist, cyber-robbers are using ginned-up e-mail messages in attempts to con financial advisers into wiring cash out of their clients' online investment accounts.
August 17, 2012
Passwords are potentially the weakest link in your organization's information security systems. Biometric authentication technologies promise a more secure alternative.
August 2, 2012
Yesterday, I wrote that, in my opinion, we reached the saturation point in what we can remember when it comes to passwords. In response, I got an email telling me about mSeven Software's survey on password management habits, which indicated that I was pretty spot on about my assessment. The survey revealed that 70 percent of users rely on their brain power to retain all the passwords they must use, while 75 percent indicate they access at least 10 secured websites.
June 18, 2012
To fight fraud, Authentify Inc. CEO Peter Tapling picks up the phone—or rather, he has programmed a computer to do the calling.
June 7, 2012
What does a breach at business networking site LinkedIn have to do with you?
May 15, 2012
Banks and cybercriminals are engaged in a "war of escalation", warned Peter Tapling, Authentify president and chief executive officer.
April 20, 2012
Bank customers are responsible for detecting fraud 82% of the time, according to Information Security Media Group's 2012 Faces of Fraud Survey.
April 23, 2012
Standing next to the ATM on Tuesday, I stared at the receipt in my hand and tried to make the numbers add up. My wife and I had both been paid only a few days before, but our bank account now had less than $200 in it. Since we share our expenses, we each sometimes discover little surprises when she pays for a car repair or I cover a veterinary bill, but this was a big surprise -- and not a pleasant one.
April 19, 2012
Market Watch | 2012 Faces of Fraud Survey: More Consumer Engagement Needed for Trust in Online Banking
Banks should be putting fraud monitoring tools in the hands of consumers for the highest levels of security, Authentify determined when analyzing the results of the 2012 Faces of Fraud Survey. The annual study of banks, conducted by Information Security Media Group (ISMG) and sponsored by Authentify and others, seeks to discover the latest fraud trends, how institutions are fighting back, and how they are progressing with creating and maintaining layered security controls in conformance with the FFIEC Authentication Guidance.
April 19, 2012
A conclusion reached by Chicago-based telephonic authorization technology firm Authentify Inc. may surprise payments industry security professionals. When Authentify analyzed the results of its 2012 Faces of Fraud Survey, the company found that only when banks supply consumers with fraud monitoring tools will data security reach its highest level of protection.
April 15, 2012
Authentify, a Chicago-based software company, has introduced a free app that people activate on their computers and smartphones to link to their online bank accounts.
April 13, 2012
Chicago's tech community is helping develop solutions to protect online and mobile banking customers from hackers, phishers, cyberthieves, QR code fraudsters and a seemingly endless supply of criminals looking to steal people's identities.
April 12, 2012
More than half of banks and credit unions expect an increase in fraud-fighting budgets and staffing this year. But where are they investing those resources?