Following the news of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's hacking problem, Richard Parris, Intercede Chairman and CEO has responded with some sobering words on the vulnerability of usernames and passwords...

"Reports that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s social media accounts have been hacked should concern us all. If Mr Social Media’s accounts can be compromised, with all of the knowledge and resources he and his team have available, we should all be taking notice. In fact, we should all be very angry – the vast majority of the recently reported account compromises appear to relate to leaked usernames and passwords and it’s been demonstrated time after time that the simple username and password combination is a fundamentally flawed approach to internet security but that is typically all we are offered to protect our identity and our data.

It is time the organizations generating significant revenue from consumers stopped playing fast and loose with security and adopted more sophisticated approaches. They are available, they are easy to implement and they offer much higher levels of security.   All it takes is a willingness on behalf of services providers to acknowledge that they have a duty of care to the consumers they serve. Security must be embedded into the very fabric of the technology ecosystem, from the silicon chips that power our smartphones and connected cars, to the services and apps we use in our day-to-day lives. We need to get the basics of security right now. If not, then how can we expect consumers to trust, and benefit from, future technological innovation?"

Richard Parris, Chairman & CEO, Intercede

Underlining the significance of this almost epidemic cybersecurity problem, Richard's comments have been picked up by a wide range of media outlets, including the Daily Mail, the Express and the Associated Press news wire.  See the full coverage by clicking on the links below. 

1)      The Daily Express 

2)      The Daily Mail 

3)      IT Pro 

4)      The Register 

5)      TechWeekEurope 

6)      E&T 

7)      IT Pro Portal 

8)      SC Magazine 

9)      The Belfast Telegraph

10)   The Guardian Series 

11)   The Hereford Times 

12)   HEY Today

13)   South Wales Argus

14)   The Argus 

15)   The Press (York)

16)   This is Local London  

17)   Times Series