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A cybersecurity company has teamed up with a 3D accessory designer to produce a ring that could tackle the issue of what to do if your biometric data is stolen.
The attractive and wearable piece of jewelry features a synthetic fingerprint that can be used to unlock phones, make payments, or even access a home or office.
Unlike the actual fingerprint of a living human, which can never be replaced if lost, the artificial biometric identifier can be erased and substituted with a new version in the event of an identity theft.
The ring represents the collaborative efforts of cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, Swedish designer Benjamin Waye, and creative agency Archetype.
“By combining the elements of art and technology, the ring makes the person wearing it stand out from the crowd as a visionary,” said the ring’s designer, Waye.
“It is a different approach to how we wear jewelry. Usually, it is much more practical. Not only is it considered beautiful, but it has been designed with the aim of helping to solve a quite serious problem in today’s modern life. It helps preserve our uniqueness in a world where everything could otherwise be copied.”
In 2015, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack in the United States caused 5.6 million fingerprints to be leaked. More recently, the fingerprints of over 1 million people were discovered on a publicly accessible database used by the UK Metropolitan police, defense contractors, and banks. That is in addition to multiple examples where researchers have demonstrated proof-of-concept schemes that allow human fingerprints to be stolen with the help of digital cameras and other widely available tools.
“While the ring is just one of the possible ways to tackle the current cybersecurity problems related to biometrics, this is certainly not a silver bullet,” said Marco Preuss, director of the global research and analysis team at Kaspersky, Europe.
“A real solution will involve creating measures and technologies that would guarantee the protection of people’s unique identities. Such a solution is yet to be developed, and the current situation surrounding the safety of biometrics is not where it needs to be.”
Although the ring is a proof-of-concept piece, it paves the way for further discussion on securing biometric data.
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#nationalcybersecuritymonth | IIT Kanpur and TalentSprint Announce Partnership for Development of Cyber Security Experts to Combat Cyber Threats
- Equip and Enable 1000 Cyber Security Professionals in coming years
- Hybrid Executive Format with Bootcamps at IIT Kanpur and Live Online Sessions
- Advanced Certification Program in Cyber Security and Cyber Defense
The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) has announced an Advanced Certification Program in Cyber Security and Cyber Defense in partnership with TalentSprint. The program is designed for current and aspiring professionals who are keen to explore and exploit the latest trends in cyber security technologies. A combination of deep academic rigor and intense practical approach will allow participants to master in-demand skills and build world class expertise. The first cohort will start in early 2020.
IIT Kanpur, established in 1959, is widely recognized as a global trailblazer in computer science research and education. Most recently, IIT Kanpur has taken the lead in cyber security by setting up the Interdisciplinary Centre for Cyber Security and Cyber Defence of Critical Infrastructures (C3i). The mission of C3i is research, education, and training, and also spawn startups to create technological safeguards to protect critical national infrastructure. The centre collaborates with other global centres of excellence and is positioned to become a world leader in cyber security.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Manindra Agrawal, Program Director and Professor of Computer Science at IIT Kanpur, said: “It is estimated that there will be roughly 200 billion connected devices by 2020. Rapid convergence of Mobility, Internet of Things and Cloud Computing is leading to an explosive increase in security threats and the need for Cyber Defense experts to combat these threats is becoming all the more important. Our program will leverage the deep research capabilities of C3i to arm technology professionals with the right expertise to counter a wide range of emerging threats and vulnerabilities.”
Dr. Santanu Paul, Co-Founder and CEO of TalentSprint, said: “We are delighted to partner with IIT Kanpur on a mission to create Cyber Security experts. The demand for such professionals is outstripping supply. Companies need sophisticated responders to defend against the growing threat of cyberattacks. There is a huge talent crunch and 59% of the companies have vacant positions suggesting a cumulative global shortfall of 1.5 million such professionals.”
According to NASSCOM, India’s cyber security market is projected to grow to $35 billion by 2025. This 6-month Advanced Certification Program in Cyber Security and Cyber Defense will be delivered in an executive-friendly format with immersion bootcamps at the IIT Kanpur campus, complemented by live online interactive sessions via the TalentSprint digital platform. Program participants will also get direct exposure to C3i and its research expertise during their visits to IIT Kanpur. In addition, TalentSprint will curate state-of-the-art capstone projects for program participants, and actively leverage its digital platform for the purpose of accelerated experiential learning.
Technology professionals interested in this program should apply for selection at: https://iitk.talentsprint.com/Cyber Security/
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, is one of the premier institutions set up by the Government of India. Registered in 1959, the institute was assisted by nine leading institutions of U.S.A in the setting up of its academic programs and laboratories during the period 1962-72. With its record of path-breaking innovations and cutting-edge research, the institute is known the world over as a learning centre of repute in engineering, science and several inter-disciplinary areas. In addition to formal undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the institute has been active in research and development in areas of value to both industry and government. For more information, visit www.iitk.ac.in
TalentSprint brings high-end and deep tech education to aspiring and experienced professionals. It partners with world class academic institutions and global corporations to develop and offer disruptive programs. TalentSprint’s hybrid platform delivers unique onsite and online experiences that help build cutting-edge expertise, for today and tomorrow. For more information please visit www.talentsprint.com
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The event in progress in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
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In a collective effort to promote a secure and stable financial landscape in the UAE, UAE Banks Federation (UBF), in partnership with SWIFT, the leading provider of secure financial messaging services, on Monday hosted the ‘SWIFT Customer Security Programme (CSP)’ conference. The CSP conference, which took place in Abu Dhabi, witnessed industry experts coming together to discuss how the widespread implementation of SWIFT CSP can support banks in combating all types of threat of cyberattacks by equipping them with necessary information and tools to mitigate electronic financial frauds.
SWIFT CSP is an initiative aimed at reinforcing the overall security of the global banking system by improving information sharing throughout the community, enhancing SWIFT-related tools for customers, sharing best practices for fraud detection and enhancing support by third party providers. Through the programme, SWIFT has also recently launched the Customer Security Control Framework (CSCF), which outlines a series of compulsory and advisory security controls for customers, which can help them strengthen and improve cyber security standards across the UAE.
Commenting on the occasion, AbdulAziz Ghurair, Chairman of UBF, said: “On the back of accelerated technological innovation, the threat of cybercrime has significantly increased over the years, and the localised instances of payment fraud have reiterated the necessity for greater and more extensive partnerships to solve these issues. In line with our commitment to foster a safer and more protected banking environment across the UAE, we are delighted to collaborate with SWIFT to encourage the industry-wide adoption of the SWIFT CSP. Cybercriminals are becoming quickly smarter, and we are developing more sophisticated technologies that are becoming fundamental for banks to implement innovative platforms that promote improved transaction processes and provide relief and security for customers.”
Onur Ozan, Head of the Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, SWIFT, said: “With the Customer Security Programme, SWIFT is reinforcing the security of the entire global banking system. Worldwide, financial institutions are adopting SWIFT’s CSP as attackers prove increasingly determined and cunning. The CSP is delivering tangible results, supporting institutions in stepping up to this growing threat.”
The conference included several discussions focusing on SWIFT CSP and CSCF initiatives and the profound impact that such could have on finance and banking environment, emphasising the evolution of the payment landscape as a primary reason to adopt safer security measures.
Meanwhile, a meeting between members of the CEOs Advisory Council of the UAE Banks Federation (UBF) was held in Dubai to discuss recent developments, issues and advancements in the finance and banking sector in the UAE, with a particular focus on Emiratisation.
Directed by AbdulAziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of UBF, the meeting focused on a wide range of topics, including progress on existing UBF programs and initiatives, advances on Emiratisation efforts, findings and results from UBF’s latest Trust Index Survey, and the upcoming Middle East Banking Forum (MEBF) in November 2019.
Speaking on the occasion, AbdulAziz Al Ghurair said: “The astounding amount of change and transformation in the UAE banking industry means it is increasingly necessary for us to regularly hold these meetings, so that we may analyse key strengths, opportunities, and challenges in the sector. For this specific meeting we identified our priorities based on the current happenings in the financial and banking industry, as well as the overall larger economy. The recent announcement of the creation of more than 20,000 jobs for Emiratis in top-tier sectors, including banking, has driven us to focus on Emiratisation efforts within banks, and evaluate ways of working together to enhance the skills and expertise of UAE nationals. Additionally, we are confident that the banking sector will continue progressing and evolving in lieu of the highly positive results from the recently announce Trust Index Survey 2018.”
Distinctively positioned at the centre of the banking industry, which underpins the economy, UBF has a responsibility to support the UAE’s progressive vision to empower society at all levels. Whether it’s addressing the ever-changing challenges in the market, or developing the skills of UAE nationals to increase their recruitment to vital positions in the industry, UBF is continuously working towards a sustainable and diversified economy.
Current plans and initiatives in the banking sector focus on innovation and digitisation, and aim to provide easy access to multiple government and non-government services. From next month, banks will start adopting UAE Pass, a new mobile app which acts as a digital identity and digital signature solution, enabling individuals to conduct financial transactions, upload documents, validate documents and share data. The Emirates Digital Wallet, a tool aimed at promoting financial inclusion and driving a cashless society, is also being developed and will be launched soon.
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WASHINGTON — At a time of increasing threats of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure, the Department of Homeland Security is having trouble recruiting much-needed computer experts because it cannot match the pay of the private sector and does not have the same allure as intelligence agencies. Recent disclosures that Iranian hackers with ties to the government in Tehran had launched a cyberattack against a dam in New York highlighted the need for the department, which is charged with protecting government and private systems from cyberintrusions, to have a staff capable of responding to sophisticated enemies. “We are competing in a tough marketplace against a private sector that is in a position to offer a lot more money,” Jeh Johnson, the Homeland Security secretary, told senators at a hearing last month. “We need more cybertalent without a doubt in D.H.S., in the federal government, and we are not where we should be right now, that is without a doubt.” Concern about the potential for cyberattacks on infrastructure was heightened after a Dec. 23 hack of the Ukrainian power grid that caused a blackout for 225,000 customers. The department, which helped Ukrainian officials investigate the case, confirmed that it was a cyberattack. But […]
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