By Nick Savvides, Business Manager, Information Protection, Symantec
Passwords; most of us depend on them to protect our information and more importantly, our online identities. But passwords may be the largest security liability of the internet. They put consumers, corporations and the wider online world at significant risk due to numerous weaknesses:
Today’s IT departments are faced with the challenge of supporting the explosion of cloud-based apps and always connected devices, where many times the only thing between company data in the cloud and an attacker, is a password – and passwords alone are vulnerable, costly and complex.
For some time the answer to address these traditional authentication weaknesses appeared to be biometrics. But using biometrics for online security has rarely been seen outside Hollywood movies and consumers have been put off by high error rates and privacy concerns, while organisations find server-side biometric templates too risky to hold and as such, are prized targets for cybercriminals.
However the tipping point for biometric security is approaching and the technology is maturing. Over the next two years biometric security is predicted to meet end-user and organisational demands for both convenience and security and due to developments in the biometric security landscape, such as the rise of the smartphone, we can now combine multiple authentication factors in the security software space that are easy-to-use, but do not require the use of passwords.
Eliminating passwords improves the security and convenience of two-factor authentication and allows organisations to confidently embrace cloud and mobile with secure access from any device.
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