The IT Pro Podcast: Going passwordless

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Passwords: they can be tricky at the best of times. Proper password hygiene is one of the most important factors in endpoint security, as it keeps sensitive data secure and prevents threat actors from getting into important systems.

But despite the risks, the use of weak or recycled passwords continues to be a problem even amongst IT professionals. While systems such as two factor authentication have been used as an extra layer of security, groups like the FIDO Alliance and World Wide Web Consortium have been working to make passwords a thing of the past, in favour of more secure methods.

This week, we spoke to Richard Meeus, EMEA director of security & technology strategy for Akamai Technologies, to explore the solutions driving secure sign ons, and how the sector can adapt to this change.


“The criminals know that we are bad with passwords, and we just use something like our pet's name or something like that. And it's relatively easy for people to get the passwords or, as most commonly happens, an organisation will be breached and their password and username database will be leaked out onto the internet. And then, those usernames and passwords are reused against websites all over the planet.”

“The concept of security authentication has always been based around, sort of, one of three concepts. So there's something you know, which is a password, something you are, which is your biometric. So use your face print or your thumbprint, or something like that. Or something you have, which could be a USB token, or something that you can punch numbers into as a handheld device. So one of those three things, and we've relied upon the something you know, predominantly, which is the password.”

“Anything that we can do within security that actually makes lives easier for end users, and makes them more secure, is a good thing. And reducing passwords, reducing the use of passwords is a good thing, because nobody likes them.”

Read the full transcript here.




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