6 CISO insights on how to prevent breaches while waiting for the death of the password

The days of password authentication may be numbered, according to a Security Current report that queried CISOs on their projections for the future of using password protection to prevent unauthorized access.

Here are six insights from the CISOs interviewed for the report:

  • Security validation will shift from something a user "has," like a password or identification card, to who the user use via the adoption of biometric security protocol.
  • Although passwords aren't sexy, they still retain some value as a must-have security instrument. 
  • One of the problems with the push to move away from using passwords altogether is that no scalable better technology is currently available. 
  • A two factor-authentication password system is a must, but any organization looking to replace its current more basic password systems should use pilot programs to test such solutions.
  • Passwords are like floppy disks, outdated and impractical, except security experts haven't come up with a better solution to the problem. In the meantime, educating and motivating users to be smart about their password hygiene is a must.
  • Another step security firms should take while waiting for the death of passwords is to track metrics that would help alert them to a breach, such as usage patterns, where and when clients are accessing their accounts and from what devices.

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