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Posted: 18 Jul 2017

Did you know that that 95% of universities and colleges still rely on legacy technology such as magnetic stripes or simple proximity cards for access control?  Unfortunately, this dated technology leaves these institutions open to security vulnerabilities that often result in increased duplication and fraudulent card use.

However, as university populations have grown and technology...

Posted: 13 Jul 2017

Recent situations of mis-issued certificates have created some confusion for consumers and web site owners– wondering if SSL is still a secure method for on-line transactions.  The answer is still yes, but the web site owner is on the hook to make the right choice when it comes to their SSL certificate.    

In the past, Web Site Administrators automatically focused their research on the...

Posted: 27 Jun 2017

Every year colleges and universities produce millions of cards that are used for everything from paying for meals and checking out library books to entering dorm rooms. Over the past 20 years the way that these cards are issued has not changed much. Traditionally, ID cards are designed and printed from a PC that is connected to a nearby printer. Multiple printers would require multiple...

Posted: 15 Jun 2017

Fake identities posing as “trusted sources” and the lack of multi-authentication were exposed at the core of the recent swarm of malicious “Google Docs” phishing attacks across the world.  The attacks were effective because they looked like they were coming from someone you trust, asking you to do something – in...

Posted: 13 Jun 2017

Dominic Tavassoli, VP Product Marketing and Management,  and Steve Warne, Solutions Marketing Director

As so many of our daily tasks and authentication needs migrate to mobile applications, it’s natural to wonder whether physical ID cards will be replaced by mobile IDs carried on our phones.  Not only is this...

Posted: 07 Jun 2017

In the past few days, universities, local businesses and churches woke up to unauthorized print jobs on their printers and fax machines that say the following:

Posted: 07 Jun 2017

The industry has been anticipating the Apple NFC announcement for a long time and now Apple iOS 11, slated to release in the fall of this year, will support reading NFC tags ISO 14443 and 15693 (NFC Tag Type 1-5) on iPhone 7 and newer devices. The beta version and the supporting API documentation are now available and HID has...

Posted: 08 Jun 2017

We live in an increasingly connected world, which makes it more challenging than ever to ensure the right people have access to the right things at the right time.  In the past, IT and IT security groups have defaulted towards locking things down to protect their companies and organizations.   This is critical to protecting your sensitive information and resources, but I contend...

Posted: 01 Jun 2017

The Securing Federal Identities 2017 event is almost here. Securing Federal Identities 2017 is scheduled for June 6th in Washington, DC and highlights the present and future direction of the US government’s efforts to manage identities and control access across all federal agencies....

Posted: 30 May 2017

The US Federal government has been working to dramatically improve its security posture over the last 2 years.  As it approaches this from a holistic standpoint, the US Federal government is starting to require Federal contractors to improve their own security posture as well.  This is evidenced by the Federal Acquisition Rule (FAR) 52.204-21 “...

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