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Showing posts from February, 2006

This week - Mon Sept 18th - Sun 24th

Haventec: (my main project) I am working out how to get public awareness of some key issues. ---The ICE Project--- Working out how to convince a large Aussie organisation to give the technology a "going over". ---BullionX--- Working after hours on putting together an investment pool to buy some Bullion so we can get a test case working... All very interesting.

Coming Soon:

October 17-18: CSIRO Ontribe event: Sydney: I am speaking on the subject of helping academics find execution partners and how to leverage their strengths while ensuring a product uses their breakthroughs. Watch the video here.No date yet: Public release of the ICE project. Can hardly wait for this.Ric's latest book on Amazon: Step by Step Inventing. Full release information and link to Amazon page coming soon.Hot topic list:  Quantum Computers: at the moment the recent advances in this field seem much misunderstood with lots of misleading reporting... from my position I see a general lack of understanding…

Wired News: RSA Security Conference Review

Ryan Singel from Wired News:: writes a fair analysis and roundup of technologies represented at the recent RSA security conference. Even though the term "two factor" authentication has been circulating the industry in application to minimum security products like Passmark it continues to amaze me that no one has stopped to think that displaying a graphic on a web page is really not a legitimate second factor to a username and password.

Also the comment repeated in the article that PGP''s Callas' "likes PassMark Security's solution, which examines the device a user logs in from, looking for a number of factors including IP address and a secure cookie or Flash object the bank has previously stored on the machine".

The technology is clearly not a legitimate two way strong authentication system worthy of being termed a "second factor". It's more like one-and-a-half-factors which will get banks and consumers in hot water sooner than later.


Richardson Background

Ric Richardson is the inventor of a (if not THE) foundation activation and machine locking US#5,490,216. He is the founder of Uniloc with which he now works as resident technologist while also exploring new technologies and inventions. Ric was born in Australia and is now a US resident based in Southern California.
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