Here is what Troy Hunt told Congress about data breaches.

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My task is to ensure that the folks at the hearing understand how prevalent breaches are, how broadly they’re distributed and the resultant impact on identity verification via knowledge-based authentication. I’ve had some great suggestions around tackling the root cause of data breaches and I’d love to have another opportunity in the future to talk about that, but it goes beyond the specific focus of this hearing. That said, who knows what I’ll be asked by congressmen and congresswomen on the day and they may well question what can be done to combat the alarming rise in these incidents. I’ve now got a lot of great references on hand to go to should that happen so once again, thank you!

My task is to ensure that the folks at the hearing understand how prevalent breaches are, how broadly they’re distributed and the resultant impact on identity verification via knowledge-based authentication. I’ve had some great suggestions around tackling the root cause of data breaches and I’d love to have another opportunity in the future to talk about that, but it goes beyond the specific focus of this hearing. That said, who knows what I’ll be asked by congressmen and congresswomen on the day and they may well question what can be done to combat the alarming rise in these incidents. I’ve now got a lot of great references on hand to go to should that happen so once again, thank you!

What is life like for people with secure information in the post-breach world?  Identity verification is no longer just a User ID and a password.  This transcript of the State of the Security is a worthwhile read.   Everyone has to up their game if they want to stay secure.

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