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6/29/2017
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Dawn Kawamoto
Dawn Kawamoto
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How To (And Not To) Make the Online Trust Honor Roll

Five websites generated the highest score in their sector for the 2017 Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. Here is what it takes to get there and be listed among the Online Trust Alliance's Top 50
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FDIC Sector Tumbles

While virtually all the sectors gained ground in the Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll this year, the FDIC sector, which is comprised of banks and government agency websites, fell sharply. Only 27% of the FDIC-related websites made the honor roll, down roughly half from the 55% a year earlier.

'That is a big change,' says Spiezle, noting that 25% of the banks had data loss since last January 2016. Some of the explanations for the drop include a jump in the number of data breaches for the sector, a revised failure rate threshold, inadequate policy disclosures, and security vulnerabilities seen on sites for this sector.

(Image Source: Online Trust Alliance)

FDIC Sector Tumbles

While virtually all the sectors gained ground in the Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll this year, the FDIC sector, which is comprised of banks and government agency websites, fell sharply. Only 27% of the FDIC-related websites made the honor roll, down roughly half from the 55% a year earlier.

"That is a big change," says Spiezle, noting that 25% of the banks had data loss since last January 2016. Some of the explanations for the drop include a jump in the number of data breaches for the sector, a revised failure rate threshold, inadequate policy disclosures, and security vulnerabilities seen on sites for this sector.

(Image Source: Online Trust Alliance)

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7/31/2017 | 2:46:22 PM
Re: impersonization, forgery, and fakes
100% behind you here, mack.  There is room for the Public Key Model to improve, of course.  Read an interesting paper "Soundness in the Public-Key Model" by Silvio Micali and Leonid Reyzin.  From the ABSTRACT:

The public-key model for interactive proofs has proved to be quite effective in improving protocol efficiency (see Canetti, Goldreich, Goldwasser, Micali, STOC 2001). We argue, however, that its soundness notion is more subtle and complex than in the classical model, and that it should be better understood to avoid designing erroneous protocols. Specifically, for the public-key model, we:

 
  • identify four meaningful notions of soundness;
  • prove that, under minimal complexity assumptions, these four notions are distinct;
  • identify the exact soundness notions satisfied by prior interactive protocols; and
  • identify the round complexity of some of the new notions.
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7/18/2017 | 8:21:33 AM
impersonization, forgery, and fakes
what do the sites do to prevent the "Bad Guys" from impersonating them -- or transmitting fakes and forgeries?

sites focus tons of effort on identifying their customers.    but what do customers do in order to authenticate sites?

we rely on a large list of x.509 certificates -- published by our web browsers  -- and most of us -- have no clue what's in that list.

For Critical Sites Only:    we all need to COUNTERSIGN trusted certificates using our own PGP/GnuPG key

in the Public Key Model this step is required in order to validate a key.   Keys must be validated before a trust level can be assigned.

give this some thought.   "They" want to authenticate you -- but -- you need to authenticate them -- and the model we use today -- fails.   That's an F
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