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why-you-need-two-factor-authentication-for-ssh

I've been chewing on doing a post about the need for two-factor authentication SSH for a while, long enough that someone else has done the work for me, which is just the way I like it.

web-application-insecurity-statistics

Security geeks who like to chew on numbers will enjoy the WebAppSec Statistics. Lots of pretty pictures too.

data-leakers-suffer-8-percent-drop-in-revenue

Computer World has an article about a recent study by the IT Policy Compliance Group which offers some interesting data points:

  • Organisations that experience publicly reported data breaches suffer an 8% loss of revenue.
  • Compounding the revenue and customer losses are additional expenses averaging US$100 per lost or stolen customer record to notify customers and restore data.
  • Best-in-class organisations are monitoring and measuring controls and procedures to protect sensitive data once a week, while most firms are conducting such measurements only about once every 176 days.
The full report is only available to members, which is too bad. It would be nice to see how many data points they had, etc to compare it to other studies that have analyzed the economic impact of security breaches. If any body has mroe info, please post in the comments!

where-are-you-on-the-normal-curve-of-information

I recently was goaded into joining the IT Policy Compliance Group so I could read their research report entitled Taking Action to Protect Sensitive Data.

why-people-forget-new-passwords

Because your brain is wired that way:

According to a new study, the brain only chooses to remember memories it thinks are most relevant, and actively suppresses those that are similar but less used, helping to lessen the cognitive load and prevent confusion.
An example of this is when passwords are changed. The new passwords are similar and thus surpressed. It takes repetition to get the new password to be remembered, probably just in time for it to be changed.

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