Article posted: Sep 19, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

It seems like companies will never learn. Passwords continue to be the culprit of data breaches, especially temporary password-only security measures. ABC reported Westpac is the latest banking organization to suffer a temporary password only breach. And while data breaches are generated by outside hackers, the Westpac breach was caused by an employee, who accessed the temporary passwords and handed them over to a mortgage broker.

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Article posted: Jul 25, 2018

By Adam Bostwick, Business Development

When Microsoft announced it would cease support for its Forefront Identity Manager (FIM), its identity and access card management system, and its successor product, Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM), we geared up to help those customers seamlessly migrate from FIM/MIM to the Versasec vSEC:CMS.

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Article posted: Jul 24, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

This week we are kicking off our summer session of "Versasec University" ... but don't worry, there are no tests or grades. Rather, the University provides a good opportunity to gain critical guidance on working with our vSEC:CMS and Yubico's PIV (Privilege and Identification Card) token.

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Article posted: Jul 18, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

Cisco's 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report points out that mobile devices are the most difficult to protect. That's in large part because of increased use of Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) into the workplace. While organizations can save up to $350 per phone, per employee, by allowing the use of BYOD devices, there are inherent security challenges. When employees download apps from questionable gaming sites that are more likely to be breached, they leave a window for hackers to enter corporate servers and steal valuable organizational data.

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Article posted: Jul 02, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

Australia's Department of Defence (DoD) is constituted under the Defence Act 1903. Its mission is to defend Australia and its national interests. In fulfilling this mission, Defence serves the Government of the day and is accountable to the Commonwealth Parliament which represents the Australian people to efficiently and effectively carry out the Government's defence policies.

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Article posted: Jun 29, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

The U.S. smart card industry is poised to grow to $21.57 billion by 2023, according to the latest MarketsandMarkets, "Smart Card Market Global Forecast to 2023." The report, issued this month, discusses the acceptance and growth of the smart card industry in key geographic regions, including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Africa and South America. In the market forecast report, Versasec, along with partners Gemalto and Identiv, were listed as major players in the smart card market.

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Article posted: Jun 20, 2018

Q&A with Allen Liang, COO of Longmai

We interviewed Longmai COO Allen Liang for our reoccurring partner blog series. Longmai is one of the leading digital security device vendors in China and Versasec just announced its support for Longmai's mToken: https://versasec.com/docs/2018.06.20-Longmai.php. In our discussion, Allen talks about the growing use of two-factor authentication in China, standard encryption algorithm support and the changing identity and access management (IAM) landscape.

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Article posted: May 31, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

There's been lots of talk around the world about "GDPR", the European Union General Data Protection Regulation, which was implemented across the EU last week (May 25).

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Article posted: May 23, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

A recent Frost & Sullivan study of Asia-Pacific organizations reported key security concerns from undetected security breaches to online brand impersonation. The industry analyst firm reported one in four organizations in Asia-Pacific have experienced a cybersecurity incident, and 27 percent of organizations admitted they could not determine if their data was breached because they don't conduct data breach assessments.

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Article posted: May 16, 2018

Q&A with Olov Renberg, Co-Founder and COO of BehavioSec

We're pleased to offer the fifth installation of our quarterly partner/industry blog series. We recently shared a booth with BehavioSec at RSA 2018 and spoke with Olov Renberg, BehavioSec's Co-Founder and COO about the growing use of behavioral biometrics, aka behaviometrics, and the changing IAM landscape

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Article posted: Apr 19, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

The RSA Conference 2018 this week in San Francisco was our launching pad for vSEC:CMS S-Series Version 5.1. This latest upgrade to our identity and access management (IAM) solution has a strong focus on Virtual Smart Cards, TPM management, and Remote Security Device Management (RSDM) functionality, making it increasingly relevant in the Internet of Things (IOT) space.

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Article posted: Apr 11, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

Just in Time (JIT) Virtual Smart Cards are becoming increasingly in demand as organizations take advantage of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which provides access control for secure authentication. Virtual Smart Cards emulate physical smart cards and their capabilities but do not need any of the physical hardware, including physical card readers and smart cards, to effectively manage and authenticate user identities.

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Article posted: Apr 09, 2018

By Adam Bostwick, Versasec business development engineer

Faced with the challenge of updating its aging computer equipment and maintaining two-factor authentication (2FA) throughout its 4,900+ organization, Mobiliar turned to Versasec.

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Article posted: Mar 15, 2018

By Adam Bostwick, Versasec business development engineer

Versasec partner certgate is one of the leading IT security providers in the mobile communications industry. The companies are working together to protect organizations' mobile and computer devices against hackers, data leakage and especially unauthorized access. Any Bluetooth-enabled device, including desktops, laptops, etc., is easily read by cergate's combination card reader and visual badge holder, AirID.

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Article posted: Mar 06, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

We recently conducted our third annual global IT security survey and learned that for more than half of the respondents, the European Union's GDPR which goes into effect in May 2018, is weighing heavily into their current security strategy decisions. When we looked at EMEA-based companies alone, that number climbed to nearly 70%. But as most of know, virtually every other region in the world will feel the impact of the GDPR, and the survey revealed that among those were nearly one in three North American companies and more than half of the Asia/Pacific respondents said GDPR will impact them.

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Article posted: Mar 05, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

Recently, ECN published an opinion piece on why smartphones can do double duty to secure data and a user's identity. Certainly, the smartphone is a good tool for authentication, but relying on One-Time Passwords (OTPs) is not an ideal two-factor authentication method, because OTP authentication makes use of rather short computer-generated passwords. These passwords are often provided to the user with none or very weak authentication.

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Article posted: Feb 27, 2018

By Anders Adolfsson, Technical Consultant

We've written about the dangers of One-Time Passwords (OTP) for use in two-factor authentication and applauded the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) stance on eliminating SMS-based OTPs. It seems we're not alone. FireEye recently blogged about the dangers of OTPs in phishing campaigns and how hackers are using real-time phishing in attacks on corporate websites.

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Article posted: Feb 12, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

From a well-meaning colleague who lends her password to a co-worker in need, to the guy who uses the same password at home and work because it's easy, to the employee who visited a rogue site and is now being blackmailed -- it's often a company's most trusted employees who can be putting the corporate data at risk.

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Article posted: Jan 26, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

While you might not see a fully autonomous car coming out of Sweden yet, it's clear Sweden is leading the world in security, according to a ComputerSweden article. The article about the strongest technology trends in Sweden states the security market, according to analyst firm Redeye, is expected to grow by 7.8 percent per year through 2020. The report mentions a strong Versasec partner, Yubico, as a strong supplier side security company.

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Article posted: Jan 23, 2018

By Joakim Thorén, CEO

Our development team spent a lot of time last year focused on the client side of our identity and access management solution, with a heavy emphasis on user self-service. In fact, those improvements and enhancements figure prominently in vSEC:CMS 5.0, which was released last week.

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