Multi Factor Authentication

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10 Security Tips For The Remote Workforce

By Inbal Voitiz|March 18th, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |

1 Phishing is on the rise Attackers acted fast to take advantage of the current Coronavirus health scare. Research shows that customized phishing campaigns intended to steal credentials and spread malware are increasing. Make sure employees use MFA solutions to decrease credential theft risks. Remind everyone - do not click links or open attachments unless sure about the source.   2 [...]

Enabling Remote Work While Ensuring Maximum Security

By Inbal Voitiz|March 16th, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

In just a few short weeks, remote work has morphed from a perk offered mostly by tech companies to an absolute necessity, as the COVID-19 epidemic continues to disrupt the daily lives of millions of people. Suddenly, companies are forced to enable their employees to work from home on a massive scale, while keeping their productivity up. Oracle, Apple, Google, and [...]

SIM Swapping – The End Of 2nd Factor Authentication?

By Shimrit Tzur-David|February 24th, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Many online services allow, and sometimes require, users to secure their accounts with a registered mobile phone number. This is a common and trusted method for two-factor authentication (2FA), using a phone call or an SMS message to verify identity when logging in from a new device or resetting a password. This standard approach, however, is not always effective in keeping [...]

Cloud Phishing Risks and Mitigation

By Shimrit Tzur-David|February 13th, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |

If you’re running your business in the cloud, you need secure authentication Most of us underestimate the ramifications of password hacks and cloud phishing attacks. If your password falls into the wrong hands, a hacker will gain access to sensitive information, siphon your bank account, or do some other evil act that will inflict damage on your person or organization. But [...]

Cloud Identity Management Challenges

By Amit Rahav|February 4th, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |

For years, enterprises have been rapidly adopting cloud technologies for many of their data processing tasks. The area of identity management is no exception. To this day, it is still a particularly fast-growing trend within the cloud revolution. Cloud Identity providers, or IDPs, have been taking the world of IT by storm. According to an estimate from Gartner, cloud-based identity is [...]

Passwordless Authentication is BOOMING

By Inbal Voitiz|January 1st, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |

We’ve always understood security and usability to have an inverse relationship. Passwords are fundamentally flawed. They offer the worst of both worlds – poor usability and poor security. But what if I told you that by letting go of passwords we can finally make usability and security work together, not against each other?

Password Managers – Convenience is Not Security

By Shimrit Tzur-David|November 13th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Project Zero has recently disclosed that a security vulnerability left some of LastPass 16 million users exposed to the risk of credential compromise. In an ironic twist, LastPass, the supposedly secure gatekeeper of passwords, could leak the last password used to any website visited.  The vulnerability has since been patched, but maybe it is time we asked ourselves, why the heck [...]

True Cost of Password Based Authentication

By Amit Rahav|October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

Just because you don’t have to pay anything extra to buy this common form of authentication, it doesn’t mean that passwords are free.  Far from it, quite often passwords end up costing enterprises much more than what they have bargained for. Although the cost of passwords rarely comes up in management meetings, authenticating identity using passwords is a significant expense for [...]

On-Premise Plus Cloud = The Hybrid Approach

By Inbal Voitiz|August 26th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |

A quick look at the headlines of tech blogs and publications will give the impression that all companies and organizations are transferring their IT infrastructure and digital assets to public cloud services. The transition to the cloud is happening at a gradually accelerating pace. The future of online businesses, small and large, resides in the cloud. It sounds like a fair [...]

In Passwords We Trust! But Why?

By Amit Rahav|August 15th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , |

The most recent security baseline report from Microsoft has been making waves in the world of digital security. Experts at Microsoft asset that password-based authentication represents a basic risk to networks. “There’s no question that the state of password security is problematic and has been for a long time,” reads the post. “When humans pick their own passwords, too often they [...]

Every Password Matters – The PCM Case

By Amit Rahav|July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

Large tech companies like Microsoft and Google go to great lengths to secure their services and protect their customers’ accounts and identities. But what about the security of the partners and third parties that provide services on their behalf? A recent article on famous cybersecurity blog KrebsOnSecurity blog post unveiled a breach at PCM, a major California-based provider of technology products, [...]

GoldBrute – The Enemy of RDP

By Inbal Voitiz|July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Hardly a month goes by without new reports on attacks exploiting vulnerable password-based authentication systems. Earlier this month, analysts at Morhus Labs discovered a malicious bot campaign they named GoldBrute. Mode of Attack GoldBrute is a botnet that aims to hack Remote Desktop Protocols (RDP) that have weak credentials. The bot scans through IPs from a list of 1.5M RDP servers [...]

How Poor Passwords Turned 50,000 Servers Into Cryptocurrency Miners

By Shimrit Tzur-David|June 26th, 2019|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

In May, researchers from security firm Guardicore uncovered a massive campaign by Chinese hackers to break into online Windows servers and to infect them with cryptocurrency miners. Cryptominers are special malware that hijack the resources of the infected machine to solve complicated mathematical equations and collect cryptocurrency rewards. As explained by the security researchers, the hackers used sophisticated techniques along the [...]

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