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Tag Archives: authentication

NSA: IAM … What IAM?

– Update: It has been several weeks since the Snowden leaks and, at time of writing, his every move, real and virtual, is being tracked by the media. While Snowden having access to top-secret information was mentioned briefly, as noted in this column, it wasn’t until weeks after the leaks (and…

The FFIEC and Password-Generating Tokens

– In June 2011, the FFIEC (Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council) issued a “Supplement to Authentication in an Internet Banking Environment,” available at http://www.ffiec.gov/pdf/Auth-ITS-Final%206-22-11%20(FFIEC%20Formated).pdf The FFIEC comprises five financial regulatory…

Will the Real Sam DeKay Stand Up?

– Dr. Sam DeKay sent me an open letter via this very blog medium on June 1, 2009. But how do I know the letter is from the same Sam whom I know and admire, and not from some wily interloper who had hacked into the site and was masquerading as Sam? Well, I was able […] …

Busting Password Myths

– I appreciate Richard’s comments on my March 9, 2009 column “Are Passwords Greener?” and agree with him that the “invisible” authentication methods are perhaps the most appealing from a green perspective, assuming that you have at hand whatever device incorporates the…

Passwords – Déjà Vu All Over Again

– With due credit to Yogi Berra, I found myself groaning “not again” when reading Randall Stross’s article “Goodbye, Passwords. You Aren’t a Good Defense, ” which appeared in the Week in Review section of the August 10, 2008 edition of the Sunday New York Times…