Identity at the Nexus of Security and Usability

If you’ve followed my last few blog posts, you may have noticed the topic of usability in security pop up quite a bit. I’ve said in the past that usability issues in security should be considered vulnerabilities, because they create attack vectors in the form of user errors, exploits and workarounds. The idea was captured in this slide I presented

How Not To Enhance Your Customers Security

RSA Conference is a little too big to be manageable any more. But a quick glance at the companies showing up at the 2016 edition and at the session topics is always a good indicator of current trends. And so it is with a mix of interest and disappointment that I take in the (long) list

That Time Enabling Two-Factor Authentication Made Me Feel Worse

I’ve been an account holder at a fairly prominent online brokerage for a while now. Been using it without hiccup for years. The movement in the stock market early in the year prompted me to log in to check on a few things (I know, I know. I swear I’m not that guy). While there, I decided

#FAIL No More: The Rise of the Self Defending Enterprise

I love hashtags, because I love twitter. So it was inevitable that hashtags would become a major part of one of my talks at some point. And as I get ready for another round at Defrag (one of the highlights of my year every year), I realized I never posted about the talk I gave

The Real Lessons from the LastPass Breach

Didn’t think I’d be writing back-to-back posts regarding breaches, but that’s the world we live in now. And the LastPass breach is interesting on many levels. In warning users of the breach, LastPass disclosed that their investigation into the breach showed “that LastPass account email addresses, password reminders, server per user salts, and authentication hashes were

Quick Thoughts regarding the Kaspersky Labs Intrusion

Kaspersky Labs has revealed this week that their corporate network was subject to a sophisticated cyber-intrusion that leveraged a new malware platform. Their investigation is ongoing, and they have found the malware to have been used against other victims as well. So while I am sure there are more details that they will reveal, I did

Building the Self Defending Enterprise

Algorithms. Algorithms. Algorithms. If Steve Ballmer were still running the show at Microsoft, I’m pretty sure that would have been his chant at the next conference. The abundance of data being generated, collected and analyzed now is so vast that it has been a completely logical progression to move away from human analysis to algorithmic

2FA in Password Managers: Fair or Faux

It all started with a tweet I sent regarding the position on passwords and password managers that a member of Microsoft Research was taking in an NPR article (I’ll expand on my viewpoint in a later blog post). But one of the resulting responses I received sent me down a very interesting rabbit hole. Faux 2FA? Of course I

The SCUID has a new home. At CA Technologies

Identity is the key to a secure, agile, cloud-based world. Which means that managing and using identities has to be easy, seamless, inherent, cost-effective. Enabling that was the mission when I joined Identropy to build what would become SCUID. We believed that the future of identity management lay in the cloud, and required a fundamental rethink of the business

My Relationship with Metadata: It’s Complicated!

Ever since the Snowden revelations broke, there has been a lot of interest in metadata, with a lot of ink (or should that be bytes?) devoted to defining exactly what it is, where it can be gathered from, who is capable (and how) of doing said gathering, and most importantly of all, if it is