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Safer, stronger authentication

In my last post (“Dogged Determination”) I briefly mentioned the FIDO alliance (Fast Identity Online) with the promise to take a closer look at the emerging internet password-replacing-authentication system this time. So I will. But first, an aside. It’s quite possible that the alliance…

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Executive View: RSA Adaptive Authentication - 70889

Adaptive Authentication uses risk-based policies to evaluate a user’s login and post-login activities against a range of risk indicators. Systems then ask for additional assurance of the users’ identities when a risk score or policy rules are violated. This risk and…

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I ♥ Biometrics

If you’ve followed my writings for very long, you know I’m a strong believer in biometric authentication. (See, for example, this Network World column from over a dozen years ago) Why? Well, for one reason, unlike a password or a hardware token, you can’t misplace or lose a biometric…

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Take strong authentication into your own hands

It was just a couple of months ago that trend-watcher The Next Web announced that Google Chrome had overtaken Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the Web’s most used browser, a position that IE had held since, well, way back in the last century. So it’s unfortunate that just last week it was…

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The Future of Authentication and Authorization

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Jul 23, 2013: The Future of Authentication and Authorization

Clearly, there is a trend towards approaches for strong, simple, and flexible authentication, beyond passwords. However, just talking about multi-factor authentication and password vaults is not sufficient. What organizations should evaluate are versatile authentication and, as the next and…

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Passwords, Authentication’s Zombies

Another European Identity (and Cloud) Conference has come and gone, and once again it was an exciting week with packed session rooms, and excellent attendance at the evening events. I’m not sure we can continue to call it the “European” Id Conference, though, as I met folks from Australia,…

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The FIDO Alliance – game changer for Internet Security?

Last week, Google announced that it has joined the FIDO Alliance. FIDO stands for Fast Identity Online. The alliance was formed in July 2012. The mission is to change the nature of online authentication by providing interoperability among strong authentication devices. The alliance is…

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Yubico – will Google bring the breakthrough?

Recently a story about Google hit the news, according to an article in Wired, “Google declares war on the password”. Google wants to integrate this into the browser. Their approach is based on the idea of using a USB key or a NFC (Near Field Communication) device to log into applications.…

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Passwordless for the Masses

Passwordless for the Masses

What an interesting coincidence: I’m writing this just after finishing a webinar where we talked about the latest trends in strong authentication and the ways to eliminate passwords within an enterprise. Well, this could not have been a better time for the latest announcement from Microsoft, introducing Azure Active Directory support for passwordless sign-in using FIDO2 authentication devices. Although most people agree that passwords are no longer an even remotely adequate [...]

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