Encryption

Passwords are here to stay in 2019 and beyond

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No one likes passwords as a standalone tool to authenticate users. Since 2012, many groups have moved to "kill the password," using that phrase specifically. Yet we'll end the year of 2019 as password-dependent as always.

The big picture: The adage goes that there are three ways to authenticate users: asking them for a thing they know (like a password), a thing they have (like a house key) or a thing they are (like a fingerprint scan).

Nearly half of cloud databases aren't encrypted

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Palo Alto Networks published an analysis of corporate cloud security on Tuesday, and some of the results weren't pretty: 49% of cloud databases aren't encrypted.

Why it matters: Any important database should be encrypted. That's not purely a cloud problem. There are inherent security advantages and a few disadvantages to the cloud, but the bottom line is that no matter where you put data, basic security hygiene is still important.

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