October 26, 2015
In 2007, each person had an average of 6.5 passwords that they used for 25 different online accounts (each password being recycled about four times creating a security issue). By 2014, the average reportedly grew to 19, used to access accounts across desktop computers, smartphones and tablet computers, with the looming Internet of things promising to dramatically further aggravate the problem, posing a major security and a usability issue.
This CTO Corner discusses likely changes in Identity Management and concludes that an identity layer of protection built on top of today’s Internet and mobile platforms is imminent. This will require stronger authentication technology, but what that technology looks like is still unknown.