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Marcus Ranum on Gartner on Two-factor Authentication

Here's a great post by Marcus Ranum on Gartner's recent pronouncements about two-factor authentication:

Agency problems in the PCI world?

If you are a PCI QSA or a PCI merchant or processor, you might enjoy this article about the relationship between the QSA and the client.  The entire PCI eco-system is quite fascinating.  There's definitely potential for an agency issue in that QSAs are paid by their clients to enforce the PCI Counsel's regulations. 

Avivah Litan on Two-factor authentication

Gartner analyst Avivah Litan has released a new report on how attackers are circumventing the protections provided by two-factor authentication systems for online banking. I have not purchased nor read the document, just the summaries that have been released.

The importance of using standard authentication protocols

A theme in my recent talks at various information security conferences has been that you should choose a good authentication protocol and then choose products that support that protocol.  I recommend Radius because it is quite simple and a very standard standard, which is not always the case with IT standards.

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