Threat of the Week: Authenticating With Devices
Call this not a threat but a possible salvation. Increasing numbers of experts are giving up on the traditional username/password login and are beginning to look at devices themselves as possible authenticators of identity.
As for the problem with traditional logins, many experts point to the recent wave of massive cyber breaches – at Adobe, LexisNexis, Dun & Bradstreet and Kroll Background America as for instances. Exact details of the how-to of the breaches has not been released but in past cases often the key that unlocks the computers is when an employee inadvertently gives up his/her login, through keylogging or social engineering.