Daon Blog Team
INTERVIEW: John Sanders, Daon's President of Emerging Markets

In September of this year, Daon announced John Sanders as President of Emerging Markets. We recently caught up with John on our Podcast Series where he reflected on his career and previous roles as Chief Technology Officer for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Chief Operating Officer and Acting Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and what he believes is the future of Daon.

Read the full interview with Martin Walsh, Daon’s Chief Legal Counsel and John Sanders:

Martin: You are very welcome to the next in our series of podcasts and today’s interview is slightly different to the other ones, in that I am not sitting here grilling a willing colleague rather, I’m welcoming our new President of Emerging Markets, John Sanders.

John you are very welcome to the company. You were the Chief Technology Officer at the US transportation Security Administration; you were also the Acting Commissioner and CEO at US Customs Border Protection, how do you go into a role like that? How do you get your head around that position where you are managing 60,000 people, tell me about that?

John: I don’t think you do; I wouldn’t say that, you know, I look back on the experience when, I was the Acting Commissioner at CBP and had 60,000 people reporting to me. And it’s hard to believe at times the different experiences and opportunities that I had. I would tell you a quick story… when the current Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McLean asked me to do that job, he got me on the phone and he said, I’m going to ask you to do this job and when I woke up after fainting and we started taking about it a little.

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Daon Blog Team
[PODCAST] CCPA: the good, the bad, and the newly liable

In this eighth episode in the Daon Podcast Series, we talk with Elliot Golding, partner at Squire Patton Boggs and co-chair of the E-Privacy Law Committee at the American Bar Association, about the coming impact of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and what you should know before it takes effect on January 1st, 2020.

Check out more from our new podcast series and hear from various Daon leaders on the latest trends and hot topics driving the identity industry.


Guest Blog
Understanding the FBI's Private Industry Notification on Multi-Factor Authentication

Guest Post by Paul Kenny, Chief Technical Architect, EMEA/APAC

Heeding the FBI is wise, but misreading the Bureau can be disastrous. And never has this been truer than in the context of the FBI’s recent Private Industry Notification on Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).

A cursory look at this notification (or worse, a glance at some of the newspaper headlines it’s been generating) might well lead you to believe—quite mistakenly—that MFA is a vulnerable and unreliable security framework.

In truth, the FBI is saying nearly the exact opposite—that MFA is a necessary and wildly effective means of preventing upwards of 99.9% of all cyberattacks, but that not all MFA is created equal, and that the very best security framework is an "advanced" MFA implementation that utilizes the strongest authentication factors such as physiological and behavioral biometrics.

In fact, when the FBI reports to have “observed cyber actors circumventing multi-factor authentication through common social engineering and technical attacks,” it is referencing the very attacks that an advanced, biometric-based MFA platform (like IdentityX) is designed specifically to prevent.

To help illustrate this point, let’s quickly walk through the attack types listed in the FBI’s notification to see how IdentityX protects against them:

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