A Shift in the Wind – Securing Patient Portals

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas. It was great to be back, see old friends and make new ones. The landscape, as it relates to security has certainly changed since my first HIMSS Conference in 2008. I recall walking the exhibit hall discussing multi-factor authentication and identity management only to receive blank stares or interesting comments from prospective partners and customers.   I heard, “we use usernames and… Read more


Are you part of the 200,000,000 club?

If you’re doing internet-banking, playing online video games or simply logging on to your company’s network, there’s a good chance the answer to this question is “YES” and here’s why. Many of these types of applications require users to login with a VASCO DIGIPASS® authenticator or token. DIGIPASS authenticators come in all shapes, sizes & colors (there are even software & mobile DIGIPASS authenticators available) but they all have one… Read more


May 22, 2014 - Marc Pletinckx
Should mobile apps be secured with strong authentication?

The answer is – obviously – YES, especially when you look at the kind of malware and vulnerabilities that are roaming around. When you launch your latest purchased app on your smartphone or tablet for the first time, you are asked to fill in your username and password. There is a big chance that those credentials are then memorized by the app, so that this information resides somewhere on your phone… Read more


Trusted identity, the next security solution

Nowadays it is common practice to log on to websites and applications using a username and static password. But have we ever asked ourselves why?  You’d probably reply that the answer is obvious: we want to protect our personal information and credentials from falling into another’s hands. It is something mankind has been doing for thousands of years: to protect their valuables. Whereas in the Middle Ages huge belfries were… Read more


March 12, 2014 - Jan Valcke
cracking passwords

A while ago, Ars Technica, a US magazine, had a rather eye-opening experience. A list of 16,000 encrypted passwords was given to Nate Anderson, the publication’s Editor-in-Chief, then to three cracking experts. After a few hours’ work, Nate Anderson, though a newcomer to the field, managed to decipher nearly half of the 16,000 passwords. The three seasoned crackers between them hacked 82% of the passwords on the list in under… Read more