Security News and CertiVox Blog

M-Pin. The strong authentication platform built for Amazon Web Services.

Posted by Duncan Mills

Apr 9, 2015 11:38:19 AM

M-Pin strong authentication technology gets rid of passwords completely and therefore removes one of the main targets of cyber criminals – the password database.

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Topics: Authentication

Securing the Internet of Things

Posted by Dr Michael Scott

Mar 4, 2015 3:16:00 PM

It goes without saying that "The Internet of Things" is poorly defined. For a start what kind of "things" are we talking about?

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Topics: Cryptography

Crypto Security - How many bits?

Posted by Dr Michael Scott

Feb 2, 2015 10:37:16 AM

Very recently we have seen some progress in the cryptanalysis of Elliptic curves. This Austrian group:

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Topics: Cryptography

RWC (Real World Crypto) Conference January 2015

Posted by Dr Michael Scott

Jan 12, 2015 10:16:00 AM

What a great conference! Academics, nerds and very grounded real world practisioners all together in the one place, talking and listening to one another at the RWC (Real World Crypto) Conference January 2015.

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Topics: Security News, Cryptography

Silicon Valley Comes to the UK, CertiVox joins Scale Up Club list

Posted by CertiVox Team

Nov 21, 2014 2:32:00 PM

Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (‘SVC2UK’) has today announced the 60 companies who have been invited to join the Scale Up Club this year, including Amplience, Appear Here, Blippar, CertiVox, CityFibre, Conversocial, Glow, Genius, Jolla, Secretsales, Spark Energy, and Somo.  

The Scale Up Club, formerly known as the SVC2UK 100 Club, celebrates the most-promising businesses from across Europe, with the potential to reach £100m revenue in the next 3-5 years. The CEOs of these innovative and inspirational businesses join the SVC2UK Scale Up Club alumni, and will take part in a year-round programme of mentoring sessions, networking and workshops - starting today with the CEO Summit at the London Stock Exchange.

The CEO Summit is SVC2UK’s flagship event, with leading Silicon Valley and UK entrepreneurs – for example from Facebook, Google, Edmodo, Noodle Education, Intuitive Surgical, MIO and August Capital - offering their time as mentors in small workshops to help CEOs who are scaling companies to address their current barriers to scale.

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Topics: CertiVox News, Security News

A Brief History of Authentication

Posted by Dr Michael Scott

Nov 20, 2014 5:08:00 PM

Introduction

We authenticate ourselves multiple times every day. Every time we open a door with a key we are authenticating ourselves to the building we are entering, simply by demonstrating possession of the key. When we buy something with a bankcard we authenticate ourselves via possession of the card and knowledge of the associated PIN. This is known as two factor authentication. We use passports to authenticate ourselves when we travel. Sometimes we authenticate by simply recognising each other, although this is not a very scalable method. Failure to authenticate quickly or accurately can have fatal consequences -- in the American Civil War the famous confederate General Stonewall Jackson was killed by his own troops for failing to authenticate himself.

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Topics: Security News, Authentication

CertiVox raises $8M in Series B financing from NTT DOCOMO Ventures and OCTOPUS Investments

Posted by Brian Spector

May 1, 2014 8:20:00 AM

Corporate Venture Capital Unit of Japan's largest mobile services provider makes strategic investment to accelerate adoption of CertiVox’s M-Pin Strong Authentication Platform

May 1st, 2014, London, UK – CertiVox, an innovator in authentication and encryption, today announced it has raised Series B funding of $8 Million from NTT DOCOMO Ventures and current investors Octopus Investments. The investment by NTT DOCOMO Ventures is its first in Europe, signifying the innovation and strength of CertiVox’s technology and its breakthrough potential to solve current problems in online authentication systems. Taken together with the company’s Seed and Series A financings, CertiVox has raised $17 Million to date.

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Topics: CertiVox News, Security News

Heartbleed vulnerability got you resetting passwords? Our customers don’t worry because they don’t use passwords!

Posted by Brian Spector

Apr 10, 2014 2:01:00 PM

As Bruce Schneier has stated in a blog about the Heartbleed bug: On a scale of 1 to 10, this goes to 11. 

A flaw in OpenSSL allows an attacker to grab 64K of memory from a server. This can be done multiple times, never leaving a trace.  That’s enough to pull anything, including the private keys that safeguard SSL / TLS, passwords out of a database, anything resident in memory during the operation of the server, directly out of the server being attacked.

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Topics: Security News, Authentication

We have been shortlisted by SC Magazine Awards!

Posted by CertiVox Team

Mar 4, 2014 1:26:00 PM

CertiVox’s M-Pin Multifactor Authentication Platform has been shortlisted for ‘Best Multifactor Solution’ at the SC Magazine Europe Awards. This is a significant milestone for our company for a number of reasons.

SC Magazine is the leading publication in the information security space, and the awards are the most coveted and prestigious. It is a major validation of our technology and wider business. 

The category isn’t broadly for authentication solutions. It is focused specifically on next generation, multifactor solutions. In order to make the shortlist we had to describe how our technology helps our customers meet the challenges of the future – driving user adoption, defending against new security threats, ensuring compliance with the latest regulations, and differentiating from the competition.

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Topics: Security News

Security within the Financial Sector

Posted by Sally Brown

Mar 3, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Global Banking & Finance Review recently spoke with Brian Spector, CEO, CertiVox about security within the financial sector, including the state of user security, common threats and organizations can be doing.

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Topics: Security News, Cryptography