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PCI DSS disses multi-step authentication

The PCI Council has published an "Information Supplement" on multi-factor authentication (pdf).  The document that multi-step and mutl-factor authentication are not the same and that the former is not acceptable. 

Non-Console Administrative Access

Now that PCI-DSS 3.2 is live, we have been pondering how hard it will be to implement the new multi-factor authentication requirements.  First some definitions from the PCI Glossary:

Hackers For Charity Challenge

This morning I saw a tweet from Johnny Long about them being in hole $2,700 due to unexpected baggage fees.  As long time admirers we decided it was time to do something.   So, we gave $100 and committed to giving $100 per evaluation certificate created between now and Thanksgiving.  No one wants to go into Thanksgiving in the hole. 

Scalability notes for the WiKID Strong Authentication server

Large two-factor authentication deployments are becoming more and more common these days as  enterprises deploy it to more and more employees .  We're also seeing more SaaS providers needing to meet regulations such as HIPAA and PCI.   These enterprises have large user bases and need scalable, reliable, affordable two-factor authentication.   We have the affordable part covered (you can see our pricing online) and we are highly incented to provide reliable software thanks to our annual subscription license.  But how scalable is WiKID?

Latest release pushes into Privileged Access Management

The 4.1 release of the WiKID Strong Authentication Server - Enterprise Edition includes the ability to use one-time passcodes for Active Directory accounts. We noted an increasing focus on privileged accounts.  Companies need these accounts to manage windows PCs and infrastructure.  Multiple  system admins need to have the credentials for them too.  So, organizations often have shared spreadsheets with credentials.  You can put them into a "password vault" but then there is still a password to the vault and an attacker that is already on the system can still perform a 'pass-the-hash' attack to escalate their privilege. 

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