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PC giant Lenovo pledges solution for weak passwords

PC maker Lenovo and Nok Nok Labs, a developer of online authentication systems, form a partnership to offer a standard approach to improving password security and ease of use.

smart cities

Government IT in 2014: More connections, more exposure, more risk

Agencies should expect to see more authentication, increased use of private clouds and the spread of smart city technologies in 2014.

voice

Voice biometrics vie for role in mobile ID tech

Madrid, Spain-based AGNITiO sees a place for voice biometrics in authenticating user ID on smartphones and other mobile devices.

AirMagnet

WLAN monitoring and protection, 24/7

AirMagnet’s monitoring solution for wireless networks helps secure communications and tune network performance.

password

2014: A tipping point for password authentication

With advances in research on new token-based and biometric identification systems, it's time for the government to bid adieu to the common password.

chess

Cyberthreats for 2014: Not just the usual suspects

Public-sector cybersecurity experts predict that threats will not change dramatically in 2014 but will seek new platforms, including bring your own cloud, the Internet of Things and wearable computing.

Cyber Flag

Cyber Flag exercises sharpen DOD cyber operations and defense

Cyber pros from across the military hone their skills against a realistic adversary on a closed network in an 11-day U.S. Cyber Command exercise.

network security

Firms offer single path to securing cloud and physical networks

VMware and Palo Alto Networks offer integrated platform to unify network security across both physical and virtual cloud enterprises.

cryptography

NTRU crypto software available to open-source community

Security Innovation says offering its public key cryptography for use in open-source community would head off a looming ‘cyrptopocalypse’ caused by limited choice of encryption algorithms.

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Symantec gets FISMA certification for shared service products

Two of Symantec's public key infrastructure products receive approval for use by federal agencies and contractors.

letters

Why salted hash is as good for passwords as for breakfast

Encrypted passwords can be vulnerable because a decryption key must be available to the authentication server; hashed passwords cannot be decrypted and must be guessed by an attacker, which can be made impractical.

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DLA using botanical DNA to prevent tech counterfeiting

The Defense Logistics Agency is using botanical DNA marking technology to battle a rise in counterfeit electronic parts and devices.

Topic Resources

  • Continuous Monitoring: Elevating Cybersecurity in State and Local Government

    State and local agencies are not required to comply with federal policies related to continuous monitoring and NIST's Cybersecurity Framework, but they would be better off if they did. Whether it is required or not, the concept of continuous monitoring has been proven to raise the level of cybersecurity when implemented appropriately and with the right tools. Join this webcast to learn more about how your agency could benefit from continuous monitoring and NIST guidance.

  • All About Self-Encrypting Drives

    With data security risks on the rise, an influx of government mandates and regulations for securing data have been implemented and are becoming the norm. Eliminating exposure of private data is now simply viewed as a mandatory and sound business practice. To avoid the high costs associated with these types of data compromises, organizations must put in place a comprehensive security strategy. Read this whitepaper to learn how self-encryption is achieving this initiative.

  • The Rising Threat of Enterprise Cybercrime

    Cybercriminals are leveraging vulnerabilities of the Internet, browsers, operating systems, and applications to secretly and proficiently gain access to information assets. Compromising employee endpoints with malware has become the preferred method; a far simpler path into the network than a direct network attack. Agencies need to recognize and address this growing danger.

  • Continuous Monitoring to Achieve Cybersecurity

    As the cyber threat landscape evolves, security methods and tools need to change, too. In this Digital Dialogue, Ken Durbin, manager of Continuous Monitoring Practice at Symantec, explains how the undefined boundaries of the modern IT infrastructure necessitate the deployment of continuous monitoring solutions.