Newsletter November 2016

Date: 03:00 11/30/2016

Dear valued partner

Welcome to Versasec’s second Partner Newsletter! In this release, learn about security tips for a safer Olympic Games and beyond, various video blogs by CEO Joakim Thorén and more! Please also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn for instant and regular updates.

Latest Updates

  • vSEC:CMS Comparison Document
  • Versasec Launches vSEC:CMS S-Series Version 4.6
  • Our New Company History Page!
  • SMS Two-Factor Authentication Being Put Out to Pasture – With Good Reason
  • The Case for Strong Authentication
  • Versasec and Zigg Announce Partnership
  • Would a Better Voter ID System Keep Hackers at Bay?
  • Useful Comparison Document Released: vSEC:CMS vs. Safenet Authentication Manager (SAM)
  • Video Blog 2: Simple Solutions that Keep Data Safe
  • How Physical Security Integrates with the Cloud
  • Video Blog 1: SMBs – The Hackers Are Coming for You
  • Technology Security Tips for a Safer Olympic Games and Beyond

vSEC:CMS Comparison Document

Versasec has updated its features comparison document, a document used to compare and highlight the available features between vSEC:CMS S-Series, T-Series and K-Series, including important categories such as User PIN and Fingerprint Management, Certificate Management and External Connections. To see this document, please click here.

Versasec Launches vSEC:CMS S-Series Version 4.6

Leading smart card management solution updates include windows user self-service functions, new smart card lifecycle operations and improved card inventory management. Read about version 4.6 here.

Additionally, Versasec is proud to be featured in the 24/10 edition of the Network World New Products slideshow. To view the slideshow, please click here.

Our New Company History Page!

Versasec has introduced its company history page to the Versasec website. Please click here to read more about the history of the organisation.

SMS Two-Factor Authentication Being Put Out to Pasture – With Good Reason

When the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) declared over the summer that SMS-based, two-factor identification should be put into the scrap heap of history, lots of us in the industry breathed a sigh of relief.

For those who are not familiar with the work of the NIST, the government agency is charged with creating guidelines and rules for all sorts of measurements, including those relating to securing electronic communications. NIST guidelines are generally regarded as the gold standard for our industry (specifically around cryptography ciphers, key-length and more). Its recommendations are implemented by virtually all security authentication vendors. And now NIST - in its Digital Authentication Guideline, Authentication and Lifecycle Management - is saying that anyone using SMS should start looking for alternatives.

Read the full blog here.

The Case for Strong Authentication

A recent NetworkWorld blog raised some relevant points about identity management for enterprises.

In the article, author and ESG Cybersecurity Analyst Jon Oltsik stresses that "strong authentication is a requirement," saying that "all organizations should have a plan in place for totally eliminating user names and passwords."

His words are music to my ears. It's what we at Versasec have said over and over again to our customers, prospects and anyone else who will listen.

Read the full blog here.

Versasec and Zigg Announce Partnership

Versasec, the leader in smart card management systems announced today that Zigg will use Versasec’s solutions to manage user authentication to its service. Zigg, based in Monaco, provides videocasting services that enable enterprises to increase the productivity of their employees and contractors -- wherever they are -- by securely sharing video content generated in the field, in the office, or in a studio.

Would a Better Voter ID System Keep Hackers at Bay?

During this contentious and lively US presidential election cycle, a search on most frequently discussed topics surely would include the term, "Russian hackers."

With Russia's rich history of enterprising hackers since the earliest days of the Internet, it's not surprising there are so many fingers pointing at Russia as possibly tampering in our elections in a variety of ways. Most recently, the FBI warned election officials around the country to pay close attention to their security following attempted hacks of election data systems in at least two US states. Officials are still trying to determine whether and how much data was breached, and they suspect Russians might be behind the attempt. Clearly, the US has a long way to go in securing the sanctity of the voting process….

Read more here.

Useful Comparison Document Released: vSEC:CMS vs. Safenet Authentication Manager (SAM)

The regularly requested comparison document between Versasec’s vSEC:CMS and Safenet’s SAM is here!

The factual document is designed to assist partners when advising customers on choosing between the two systems in any easy to read layout.

To view the document, please click here.

Video Blog 2: Simple Solutions that Keep Data Safe

The benefits of our increasingly connected world are obvious and extraordinary. But they come at a price: global data security threats and data breaches are all too common.

There are simple and affordable solutions such as multi-factor ID that can mean the difference between keeping data safe and keeping it vulnerable to hacking.

In this short video, Versasec CEO Joakim Thorén discusses identity and access management solutions, how and why this technology improves security, and the role of Versasec and its partners in ensuring security for companies of all sizes.

Watch the video here.

How Physical Security Integrates with the Cloud

This article was written by John Moran, Director of Minerva Security.

A lot has been said and written about cloud-based physical security systems, and it raises some questions. For instance, how safe are they? What are the benefits associated with the cloud-based systems? What are some of the challenges? How can physical security systems be integrated to the cloud?

Read the full article here.

Video Blog 1: SMBs – The Hackers Are Coming for You

Small- and medium-sized businesses today are firmly in the sights of hackers. And, unfortunately, password protection alone simply is not good enough to keep data safe.

In this short video, Versasec CEO Joakim Thorén discusses the risks faced by SMBs, the security challenges around today’s mobile workforces, and the benefits and ease of deploying multi-factor identification solutions….

Watch the video here.

Technology Security Tips for a Safer Olympic Games and Beyond

If you’ve been enjoying the Olympics, you may have heard about the tight security in place in Rio for the games. And while physical security is everyone’s primary concern, it’s also important to remember that online security deserves consideration, too, as hackers in crowded areas have greater opportunities to launch attacks….

Read more here.

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