Meeting New Demands for User Authentication

Presented by

Steven Furnell, Head of School of Computing, Plymouth University

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Meeting new demands for user authentication User authentication represents one of the most familiar aspects of security, and has progressively increased in importance alongside the volume (and value) of data and services that we seek to protect. This presentation looks at the current state of user authentication, and considers the changes in both technology and user expectations that may be fuelling a need for new approaches. An examination of the dominance of traditional password-based methods leads into consideration of alternative approaches above this baseline (including the option to utilise other forms of secret, or to go beyond secrets altogether and into the realms of tokens or biometrics). However, while other technologies certainly exist, there is a potential that operational factors and practical constraints will still lead us back to password-style approaches in the foreseeable future.

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