username & password

Username & Password Pairs: Why Banning Just Passwords Isn’t Enough

Password blacklists are receiving considerable attention. It’s clear why: weak and compromised passwords are a factor in nearly all hacking-related cybersecurity breaches. Best practices from NIST require organizations to disallow the use of any common and compromised passwords. And several cyber security companies offer password blacklists for this purpose. But authentication requires a username and password combination, so shouldn’t we …

CISA

CISA: The Risk of MFA Without Improving Password Security

The recent CISA Alert AA22-074A describes how Russian state-sponsored cyber actors gained access to a US NGO using compromised credentials and a flaw in default MFA protocols. This alert may help cybersecurity professionals understand that MFA alone is insufficient and the importance of securing each authentication layer. What happened, exactly?As early as May 2021, the FBI observed Russian state-sponsored cyber …

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Tackling Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in School Systems  

Not Kidding Around While chalkboards have long seemed artifacts from classrooms of the past, you might be surprised just how dramatically classrooms have changed just within the last ten years. Tablets and Chromebooks have replaced many textbooks and paper hand-in systems, plagiarism and cheating are detected in new ways, and sometimes, the classroom is no longer a physical space–e-learning and …

Identity Management

West-Mark Partnership with Enzoic Wins Award For  “Identity Management Project of the Year – SMB” 

Identity Defined Security Alliance’s “Identity Management Project of the Year – SMB” recognized Enzoic’s customer West-Mark for the results of an initiative that eliminated compromised credentials from their environment. West-Mark, an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of trucks and trailers, is an essential supplier for the US Department of Defense and the United States military. However, their high-stakes position in the …

IAM day

Time to Lock Down Identity Management Strategies

Updated Best Practices for 2022   Identity Management Day is a chance to bring attention and information about identity management to organizations of all kinds, especially as the digital landscape expands.   Presented by the Identity Defined Security Alliance and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA), it’s a much-needed opportunity to educate businesses and IT leaders on the importance of cybersecurity awareness and …