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ACS Tech: The problem with passwords

Join us at this upcoming in person event where Cyber Security professional, Tom Cleary FACS CP CISSP, will present on why people hate passwords, and why relying on them as primary authenticators is not a great idea.

Registration End Date: Thu, 23 Jun, 09:00 AM

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  • where

  • State Library of WA, Theatre (Ground Floor)
    25 Francis Street
    Perth WA 6000
  • when

  • Event Start: Thu, 23 Jun, 05:30 PM
    Event Finish: Thu, 23 Jun, 07:30 PM
  • event price

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<p><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;"><strong><u>IMPORTANT NOTICE</u>: </strong></span></span><br><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN, OR ARE TRAVELLING TO, WESTERN AUSTRALIA TO ATTEND THIS EVENT.<br>This is an in-person event being held in Perth, Western Australia. </span></span><br><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">It will <strong><u>NOT</u></strong> be available online.</span></span><br><br><img alt="User-added image" src=";oid=00D90000000o5NE&amp;lastMod=1651198028000"></img></p> <p><br>The password is the most common way to authenticate users around the world, however it has been in slow decline for over a decade. In 2004, Bill Gates famously claimed, &quot;<em>There is no doubt that over time, people are going to rely less on passwords, they just don&#39;t meet the challenge for anything you really want to secure</em>.&quot;<br><br><strong>Why are passwords so problematic in today’s modern world?</strong><br>Since we’re all human, we use simple usernames and passwords that are recycled, making all our systems only as secure as the weakest one. Usernames and passwords are the leading attack path in data breaches, account hijacking and identity theft, with the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating the vulnerabilities created by years of cybersecurity complacency. <br><br>To maintain acceptable security standards that protect both company assets and employees, organisations need to start seriously considering how to implement alternatives to their password-based systems.<br><br>Tom Cleary FACS CP CISSP, a Cyber Security professional, will discuss why people hate passwords, why relying on them as primary authenticators is not a great idea - yet all Digital companies use them, and should organisations reduce reliance on passwords - are they past their useful lifespan?</p> <p>What the session will cover: -</p> <ul><li><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">History of passwords</span></span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">What users think</span></span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">What Businesses think</span></span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">What attackers think</span></span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Calibri,sans-serif;">Other options</span></span></span></li><li><span style="font-size: 11.0pt;"><span>Possible solutions?</span></span></li></ul> <p>Post presentation refreshments provided.<br><br><strong><u>PLEASE NOTE</u>:</strong><br><em>To confirm attendance and CPD point allocation, on arrival at registration, please make sure to have your event confirmation e-mail with QR code ready to present where your attendance will be recorded. This can be provided via your phone or a printed copy.</em></p>

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Security administration (SCAD) -> Level 5


Tom Cleary

Tom Cleary

Tom is a long time Cyber Security professional and has had a varied career in ICT. He firmly believes that the default answer for security questions should be Yes, but... Having worked in commercial, public, large, small and restricted environments he has seen most of the mistakes it is possible to make in enforcing security theatre. He firmly believes that shouting and waving hands doesnt help things improve. Making sure that people who make decisions are fully informed (preferably practitioners with requisite experience) is the only way to make sure we reduce the number of expensive Cyber mistakes that are made.

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25 Francis Street,Perth,WA,Australia

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