The Security Week That Was: A Recap - July 30-Aug. 5, 2005

SIW Editor Geoff Kohl gives a weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

You want "convergence"? Then pay attention to DefCon, a show that's basically a hacker's paradise. DefCon concluded this week, and reports out of the show included some interesting presentation topics, including "attacking biometric systems" and a two-part course on beginning and advanced lock picking. While most of the information was more about denial of service hacks and wireless network security, these two classes made us sit up straight and pay attention because they're not the kind of typical IT hack presentations you'd expect. This is what you're up against, folks! Fortunately there are good people on our side. Look for an upcoming piece to appear on SIW from a top biometrics company that will break the myths of biometric attacks and detail how secure biometrics is today. As far as the lock picking, you're already using electronic access control plus motion sensors accompanying those doors, right?

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