Silicon: Reddit Confirms ‘Serious’ Hack Of User Data

siliconReddit knew of ‘security incident’ since 19 June but only alerted users more than a month later

More than a month since it happened, Reddit has this week confirmed that it has suffered what it is calling a ‘security incident’.

“Network intrusions like this are inevitable,” explained Jason Hart, CTO of data protection at Gemalto. “The Reddit issue reinforces again that being breached is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’ and a multi-layered approach to security is needed.”

“Even with multi-factor authentication deployed, the Reddit breach still occurred,” said Hart. “Two years ago NIST made recommendations for companies to consider stronger forms of MFA like token-based authentication. Given today’s security climate, all online companies should use the forms of multi-factor authentication that are appropriate for the data assets being accessed as well as using encryption and key management to secure sensitive data.”

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siliconJason Hart guides us through his career in IT, his love of the enigma machine and why he would turn to farming tech if he wasn’t in the security sector

What is your role and who do you work for?

I am the Chief Technology Officer for Data Protection at Gemalto. I’m responsible for directing and guidance the business and strategy of the product roadmap, helping establish the vision for the company.

How long have you been in IT?

I’ve been working in information security since the age of 18 – (just) over 20 years! I started as an ethical hacker, working with a number of FTSE 100 companies to work out where their vulnerabilities lay – it was an interesting time for me, and a fast learning curve for the companies!

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