Category Archives for "News"

Oregon Business asks Tozny CEO about public database breaches

Tozny CEO talks security breaches with Charlie Kawasaki and Oregon Business. “Prevention is actually by far the cheapest way to mitigate.”

Oregon’s rules for data breach reporting changed a year ago to require businesses and government agencies to notify the Attorney General’s office when a breach occurred impacting more than 250 Oregonians. The breaches are then logged into a public database, which lists suspected breach dates and a copy of the notice sent to consumers explaining what happened. …

Personal Data Services Promise User Privacy

There’s no question the data that organizations collect and share about users is valuable. Whether it’s content created by users or metadata about users, that information could be used to streamline healthcare or corporate operations, prevent fraud, or increase marketing opportunities. Data sharing by ad networks or data brokers is commonplace, yet users have virtually no visibility or control over it. At the same time, in situations where user data sharing among organizations could benefit society, …

FBI vs Apple: how did we get here?

Apple and the FBI have been headlining recently in a debate about cryptography. Crypto is one of those fields that very few people actually understand well; it’s nuanced and complex, just like the current debate, and small mistakes can have big consequences.

I recently found myself picturing this debate in a series of over-simplified cartoons. I wonder if these can help illuminate a complex issue, even if just a little bit.

Read More at Medium. …

GCN Article: Making mobile phones the authentication hubs for smart homes

Our NSTIC privacy project was highlighted in an article at GCN by Derek Major.

Tozny serves as the technical lead for the pilot programs and will build the data storage and sharing platform by tackling one of the weakest links in cybersecurity today: the password. Tozny’s solution replaces the username and password with something people use for almost everything: the smartphone, or wearable device.

Tozny is working with IOTAS, …

Article: NIST Testing out passwordless smart home

Mohana Ravindranath over at NextGov wrote a nice piece about our NIST privacy pilots.

Tozny, a subsidiary of tech company Galois, aims to test one system that encrypts user data generated by the “smart home,” and another that would let transit riders use their mobile phones as tickets, Galois principal investigator Isaac Potoczny-Jones said in a blog post outlining more details about the project.

The NIST pilot, …

Tozny CEO interviewed about PKI

Isaac contributed to some technical background for an interesting article at c4isrnet.com about the use of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

“Humans are terrible at generating and remembering random stuff, and the strong crypto on PKI is virtually impossible to brute force,” said [Tozny CEO] Isaac Potoczny-Jones, research lead, computer security, for Galois, a technology research and development consulting firm with an office in Arlington, Virginia. “On a scale from one to 10, …

FedScoop: NIST IoT project explores how to ditch passwords, maintain privacy

Head on over to FedScoop to read the latest about Tozny.

A project that lets consumers use their mobile-phone bus passes to control smart home systems may set the table for a forthcoming framework from the National Institute for Standards and Technology dedicated to protecting user privacy…

 

“The idea is to build privacy-preserving personal data stores to allow new ways for user information to be shared across organizational boundaries in a way that the user is in control over how the data shared, …

Portland Business Journal covers Tozny’s NSTIC project

The Portland Business Journal discusses Tozny’s new NSTIC project in an article by Malia Spencer.

“Computer science research and development firm Galois, mobile ticketing firm GlobeSherpa and smart home startup IOTAS are teaming up on a project funded by the federal National Institutes of Standards and Technology.

The effort could lay the groundwork for Internet of Things applications that will be secure and protect privacy. …

How the Federal government is attempting to protect the Internet of Things

Here’s a great article over at NextGov about various efforts the Federal government is involved with to secure the Internet of Things. Tozny CEO Isaac Potoczny-Jones mentioned NIST’s new privacy frameworks in the context of IoT.

Galois is working with NIST on a pilot in which consumers’ information, culled from smart-home services, could be integrated into a “privacy preserving data store,” Potoczny-Jones said.

Read More.

IoT security & privacy requires overcoming a legacy of insecurity

Head over to Network Computing to read Isaac’s article about Internet of Things security and privacy work we’re engaged in.

Vendors must adapt a different approach for IoT than was done with the Internet, which was “you are the product, not the customer.” Sticking with this old approach would treat IoT user privacy as second fiddle. Getting privacy right is even more important with IoT than it is with computers because IoT extends beyond a smartphone or laptop screen to end user applications such as Internet-connected baby monitor video cameras, …

Podcast: Tozny CEO Interviewed by Regarding ID

Regarding ID Podcast

Click here to listen to Tozny CEO, Isaac Potoczny-Jones’ interview about the new NSTIC projects on the Regarding ID Podcast.

Galois, a Portland-based company that focuses on cyber security primarily for the U.S. government, is the final winner of the fourth round of NSTIC pilots.

Galois and its partners will build a tool that relies on biometric authentication to enable the storing and sharing of private information online. …

News: Tozny to be part of NSTIC Pilot!

Galois won an NSTIC pilot!

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) just announced that Galois (Tozny’s parent company) received a grant from the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC)!

Tozny CEO, Isaac Potoczny-Jones, will be leading the project and Tonzy will be a part of the pilot.

Read the full press release here.

Galois, Inc. (Portland, Ore.: $ 1,856,778) Galois will build a tool to allow users to store and share personal information online. …