Encryption

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Researchers Discover Widespread Cryptographic Vulnerabilities

February 15, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The consequences of these vulnerabilities are extremely serious. In all cases, a weak key would allow an eavesdropper on the network to learn confidential information, such as passwords or the content of messages, exchanged with a vulnerable server...

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Subordinate Digital Certificates Pits Trustwave vs Mozilla

February 14, 2012 Added by:Pierluigi Paganini

Trustwave declared that the issuing of subordinate root certificates to private companies was done to allow inspection of the SSL encrypted traffic that passes through their networks. Trustwave decided to stop issuing these in the future, and revoked the existing ones...

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Twitter Finally Enables HTTPS as a Default Setting

February 14, 2012 Added by:Headlines

Among other security benefits, the HTTPS feature will prevent users from having their login credentials stolen by attackers who may attempt to harvest passwords when users access their accounts over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks...

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Encryption Key Management Primer – Requirement 3.5

February 12, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

The problem with the manual option is that encryption keys are typically needed to boot the secure server or start an application that needs access to encrypted data. The security surrounding the keys becomes problematic as operations personnel need regular access...

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Encryption: On Hashing Basics

February 08, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

Never store the obscured value along with the truncated value. Always separate the two values and also implement security on the obscured value so that people cannot readily get the obscured value and the truncated value together without oversight and management approval...

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Data Loss Prevention Step 6: Encrypting Data at Rest

February 06, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

Even if you did know where all your critical information is, you'd probably be powerless to control its sprawl. Let's face it, systems consume data and then become mobile - which is hardly something you can do anything about in a world where mobility is a key business driver...

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How to Encrypt Your Email with PGP

February 06, 2012 Added by:Robert Siciliano

Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) “is a data encryption and decryption computer program that provides cryptographic privacy and authentication for data communication. PGP is often used for signing, encrypting and decrypting texts, E-mails, files, directories and whole disk partitions..."

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Disappointing Ruling in Compelled Laptop Decryption Case

February 01, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

A federal district court has handed down an unfortunate early ruling in a case. Prosecutors asked the court to force the defendant to either type an encryption passphrase into the laptop to decrypt the information or turn over a decrypted version of the data...

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Web Authentication: A Broken Trust with No Easy Fix

January 30, 2012 Added by:Infosec Island Admin

Systemic weaknesses and a general lack of oversight governing the process used to issue digital certificates, key to the standards used to validate legitimate websites, prompted some security experts to wonder if the system may be hopelessly ineffective...

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The Emerging Threat to Public-Key Encryption

January 26, 2012 Added by:Alan Woodward

We are now entering a new era where we have programmable, relatively inexpensive, small, quantum computers visible on the horizon, and we know that such computers have the potential to undermine the mathematics upon which current public-key encryption depends...

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Encryption Basics: It's Not a Mystical Science

January 25, 2012 Added by:PCI Guru

Regardless of the algorithm used, they are not perfect. Over time, encryption algorithms are likely to be shown to have flaws or be breakable. Some flaws may be annoyances that you can work around or you may have to accept some minimal risk of their continued use...

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Can You Explain Encryption to Me?

January 23, 2012 Added by:Javvad Malik

I assumed that senior technology managers would have half a clue about technology. I have thought long and hard about this and think the easiest way to explain this would be to replace the word encryption with witchcraft. It too is misunderstood by the masses...

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Do Not Encrypt Passwords - Why, You Ask?

January 12, 2012

Encrypting passwords is bad. Try hashing them with a little bit of salt on top. Confused about the terminology - maybe i can clear your confusion with the use of a shoe, a box and a pen & paper...

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Ever-Clearer Vulnerabilities in Certificate Authority System

January 03, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

At EFF we are big fans of HTTPS, the secure version of HTTP that allows for private conversations between websites and users who are browsing them. Though we've known that this system has been flawed for a while now, last year there were two attacks that acutely demonstrated just how brittle it is...

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Cybersecurity in Today's World

December 31, 2011 Added by:Larry Karisny

Curt Massey spent a 35-year career protecting our national security. His military service, civilian law enforcement, corporate security and military contracting experiences have imbued him with the unpleasant knowledge of our core vulnerabilities and a visceral drive to build a team capable of finding answers...

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Consortium Issues Baseline Requirements for SSL

December 20, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"The primary goal of these Requirements is to enable efficient and secure electronic communication, while addressing user concerns about the trustworthiness of Certificates. The Requirements also serve to inform users and help them to make informed decisions when relying on Certificates..."

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