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Sep
9
Google Chrome Could Be Pushing HTTP To The Brink of Extinction
Posted by John Carl Villanueva on 09 September 2016 12:52 AM

The days of HTTP pages on the Web appear to be numbered. Google has announced it would be labelling certain HTTP pages as "Not secure" when it releases Chrome 56 on January 2017. This is part of Google's ongoing effort to increase adoption of HTTPS. HTTPS is reinforced by SSL/TLS, making it a more secure version of HTTP


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Jul
17
What Could Be The Impact of Brexit on Data Transfers?
Posted by John Carl Villanueva on 17 July 2016 07:48 PM

Overview

Will Brexit have a significant impact on data transfers involving personal information? While it's hard speculate what the impact will be, it could largely depend on the specific path UK chooses to take once its separation from the EU is finalized.   


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Jun
25
Thoughts On The Rising Cost of Data Breach And How To Reduce Risk
Posted by John Carl Villanueva on 25 June 2016 11:10 PM

Overview

Results from Ponemon's 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study show that the price of these incidents continues to rise and that it has now breached the $4 Million mark. Another paper published by Deloitte even talks about hidden costs that far exceed what most businesses normally take into account. While these reports paint an alarming picture on the state of data security, we managed to extract from these papers key factors that can help businesses mitigate the risks. 


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Aug
22
Understanding The Limitation of IRS' "Get Transcript" Multi-Step Authentication
Posted by John Carl Villanueva on 22 August 2015 12:33 AM

Overview

The multi-step authentication system used to secure the IRS "Get Transcript" application required several pieces of data that only the taxpayers could have known. But even that wasn't strong enough to prevent the recent data breach. That's because the system had one serious limitation. 


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Aug
20
A Key Takeaway From The IRS Data Breach
Posted by John Carl Villanueva on 20 August 2015 10:31 PM

 

 

Recently, we learned that the total number of accounts that may have been compromised in the IRS data breach might have exceeded 330,000. That alone's already more than twice the original estimates when the breach was first disclosed in May. But aside from the growing numbers, there are a couple more details that really stand out.


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Dec
9
What Is An SFTP Key?
Posted by John Carl Villanueva on 09 December 2014 01:20 AM

Overview

What good is an encrypted data transfer if the information it protects still falls into the wrong hands in the end? SFTP is best known for its ability to encrypt data while in transit. But while data-in-motion encryption can secure confidential information as it traverses the network, encryption can't prevent an impostor from carrying out the download himself. For that purpose, you'll want your users to authenticate with the right password and the right SFTP key.

 

 

In this post, we'll talk about the role of SFTP keys (a.k.a. private keys) in the overall security of the SFTP protocol, how it works, where to use it, and other bits of information regarding this important element of SFTP.


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