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Tag Archives: 2FA
Here’s the backstory: You may have noticed that we’ve been getting a wee bit of attention on the proposed deprecation of SMS as an out-of-band second authentication factor in section 18.104.22.168 of draft NIST Special Publication 800-63-3: Digital Authentication Guideline. First, we’re happy to get the attention. Sure, this is a NIST document, but the point of public comment—and our extended public preview of the draft on GitHub—is to make sure the community is a part of creating it. The more eyes the better. The team here at NIST wouldn’t quite say many commenters make lighter work—but they sure do make a better end product. Continue reading
Here’s the traditional, not so secure way to log in to your bank account: enter your username and that familiar password you probably use for most of your online accounts. Then, you’re in. You can go about your business.
Not so fast! If you’re one of the 54% of consumers who, according to TeleSign, use five or fewer passwords for all of their accounts, you could create a “domino effect” that allows hackers to take down multiple accounts just by cracking one password. The good news? There’s an easy way to better protect your accounts (which contain a lot of personal information) with multi-factor authentication (MFA). Continue reading
It’s a little hard to believe, but today marks the 5th anniversary of the NSTIC, the strategy for achieving trusted digital identities in a private sector-led identity ecosystem. Let’s take a glimpse back in time to where we were five years ago:
It’s 2011. Most (79%) American adults use the Internet. The average user needs 10 different passwords for their daily online activity, according to a UK study, and 3 out of 4 Americans don’t use sufficiently strong passwords for their most sensitive accounts. It’s also a year of unprecedented data breaches. In fact, “2011 boasts the second-highest data loss since [Verizon] started keeping track in 2004,” with 855 incidents and 174 million compromised records. Some companies are getting more aggressive in pursuing better security; 2011 is the year Google released two-factor authentication (2FA). While companies are beginning to adopt more secure solutions, they’re still uncommon, even in services with the most sensitive data: in 2011, only 35% of non-Federal short-term care hospitals have the capability for 2FA. Continue reading