Could implicit learning passwords be the future of advanced data security?

Posted By Steve Stocker on 2/7/2013 1:33:00 PM |  Last Edited By Steve Stocker on 8/10/2012 4:57:46 PM
The problem with passwords is that they aren't foolproof. People write them down and forget them, share them with others, and use the same password for just about everything they do online. Hackers can use key loggers and other tools to steal your online passwords and potentially do a lot of harm.

With all the potential issues with passwords, many have been trying to come up with new methods of creating passwords. One innovative solution involves learning a password implicitly such as one would learn how to ride a bike:

"...creating a system which teaches users a 30 character password, much stronger and more secure than most regular passwords, which they do not consciously know. They do this through a computer game similar to "Guitar Hero" where players are prompted to press the S,D,F,J,K, and L keys in time according to a certain order. The game speeds up or slows down based on the player's ability, and 80% of the characters presented are from the randomly generated 30 character code while 20% are random. After about 30 to 45 minutes of playing, the code is embedded into users minds but they cannot recall or share it even in part."

Once a user is trained using the game, the authentication process is turned into a 5 minute version of the training exercise. While this certainly doesn't solve the problem of a password thief standing over your shoulder and watching you play the game, it certainly makes it a lot more difficult for them.

While it may not be practical for the most basic of data security, it could be extremely helpful in the protection of very sensitive and important data.

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Reuters' Security Problems

Posted By Steve Stocker on 2/7/2013 11:15:00 AM |  Last Edited By Steve Stocker on 8/10/2012 4:58:08 PM
Last Friday, (August 5, 2012), Reuters' blogging platform was hacked due to someone neglecting to update their version of the open-source WordPress blogging platform:

"The blogging platform used by Thomson Reuters that was hacked Friday was "an old version" of the software that has "publicly known security issues", according to one of the lead developers for the platform. Thomson Reuters uses blog software from WordPress...The hack resulted in multiple false posts to its website, including a fake interview with a Syrian rebel army leader..."

This situation is yet another example of how important routine software maintenance is (especially when you're using open-source platforms). Forgetting to take even the simplest precautions can cause a lot of headaches down the road.

                                           via WSJ - CIO Journal (article)

6 Mind-Blowing Social Media Stats

Posted By Steve Stocker on 2/7/2013 9:45:00 AM |  Last Edited By Steve Stocker on 8/10/2012 4:57:20 PM
This article is a very interesting read detailing some pretty surprising facts about how social media is (and isn't) used.

The "mind-blowing" stats are:

  1. 95% of Facebook wall posts are NOT answered by brands
  2. Pinterest is projected to account for 40% of social media driven purchases by Q2 2012.
  3. The average user spends 20 minutes per visit on Facebook.
  4. 13% of consumers follow a brand on social channels because of their content.
  5. Twitter handles more search queries per month than Bing & Yahoo combined - 32 billion.
  6. 20% of Google searches each day have never been searched for before.

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Welcome to BAE-I!

Posted By Steve Stocker on 12/17/2012 9:37:20 AM |  Last Edited By Steve Stocker on 12/17/2012 9:42:02 AM

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Globalization & Speed to Market

Posted By Steve Stocker on 9/17/2012 12:24:00 PM |  Last Edited By Steve Stocker on 9/17/2012 12:51:18 PM

When working with clients that have US based operations but foreign ownership, a critical question is…

What is the impact on business decision making when the parent company is in a foreign country?

How does that fact impact the company’s speed to market? What about Corporate decision making?

  via Wayne State University's Center For The Study Of Citizenship

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