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VDI requires two-factor authentication

Users are increasingly connecting their own devices to the corporate network. despite policy that may forbid it.  CIOs are "embracing and extending" this movement by providing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).  Essentially they are saying "You can have whatever device you pay for as long as it goes through our control system.   This article has a nice overview of the security requirements for rolling out VDI, including, of course, two-factor authentication.

Fraudsters defeat poor risk management, not two-factor authentication

SC Magazine's Australian edition recently published an article entitled $45k stolen in phone porting scam. This article was then rewritten on Help Net Security as "Fraudsters beat two-factor authentication, steal $45k"

Mozilla specifies two-factor authentication for CAs

The Mozilla team is cracking down on the lax security of certificate authorities.  They have sent an email to CAs requesting information confirming security practices including two-factor authentication:

Financial Analysis for InfoSec Pros

This is the second in (hopefully) a series of blog posts. My goal is to provide information security professionals a basis for discussing risks with business professionals - especially finance people - and to dispel some myths.  The first post discussed how reducing risk creates value. This goal of this post is to lay some groundwork for proper financial analysis techniques - or at least minimize the dumber ones. 

Authentication as a Service - mixed incentives

In the past, we've commented on the 'Vendor-in-the-middle' issues in the past, in particular we've pointed out this weakness when using SMS as a one-time passcode delivery mechanism.  As always, such reliance may be ok based on your risk tolerance.  Another example of this risk occurred to me today when someone on twitter mentioned pointed to this Wordpress plugin that add two-factor authentication to Wordpress using Google's authenticator.   There is also one for SSH via a PAM module.  

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