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The WiKID Blog, musings on two-factor authentication, information security and some other stuff.

Are most people doing two-factor authentication right?

Needless to say we're big proponents of two-factor authentication around here. We also have a pretty broad spectrum of customers from large service providers pushing two-factor authentication out to customer to small businesses doing security for the first time thanks/due to PCI requirements. A lot of infosec rock stars talk about how PCI should be a floor and without disagreeing, we first hand see companies reaching that floor, called by some the 'information security poverty line' and know that it is a big improvement.

BSides Wrap-up

Last Friday was the 3rd annual BSides Atlanta Information Security Conference. I think it came off pretty well. This blogpost is meant to help others as they plan out their BSides conferences and to remind us of things we want to do differently next year. These are just quick, initial thoughts.

UGa breach, "Secret Questions" and blaming the user

The University of Georgia announced an intrusion and a breach of 8,500 personnel records including full names, social security numbers and other data.  The attackers apparently reset the passwords of two IT workers who had access to personnel records using the password reset mechanism - they guessed or discovered the answer to secret questions.  "Secret questions" are an incredibly weak authentication mechanism.  We will likely see many more breaches like this.

How do I set up Mutual HTTPS Authentication?

Mutual HTTPS Authentication can add a lot of security to your two-factor authentication setup by thwarting most network-based MiTM attacks.  Here are somethings to consider:

Updated OpenVPN & Two-factor authentication tutorial

We recently updated the tutorial on how to add two-factor authentication to OpenVPN AS over on HowToForge.   It's quite easy.

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