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cyber trends SHIFTS IN BEHAVIOUR HAVE PRESENTED NEW CHALLENGES WHEN IT COMES TO AUTHENTICATING IDENTITY. JIM DUCHARME, RSA SECURITY’S VP OF IDENTITY PRODUCTS, TALKS US THROUGH FIVE IDENTITY TRENDS THAT ARE CAPTURING THE IMAGINATIONS OF PROFESSIONALS WORKING ACROSS IT. T he days where passwords and tokens were our only way of identifying people and systems is long gone. Today, we have a vast array of technologies, including: multi-factor authentication (MFA), standards-based solutions, biometrics and smartphone-based authentication, to name just a few. This change has been driven by necessity. Once upon a time workers would be tied to their desks, now we have people who are glued to their mobiles, accessing applications through the cloud. This has a huge impact on the need to authenticate; previously, it would be pretty obvious if Bob from finance was accessing the company invoicing system, as you could see this was 18 TOP IDENTITY TRENDS: Being sure about access happening from his desk; the static nature of the workplace provided its own version of multi-factor authentication. convenient access to please users and toward more secure access to satisfy IT security teams. Today, Bob could be accessing it from anywhere, making it much more difficult to ascertain if it is actually him, or someone using his phone or hijacking an insecure line. Within this context, there are a number of authentication trends that any business should be keeping an eye on; here are my top five: These behavioural and organisational shifts are driving authentication methods in two directions: toward more 1. Context, location and behaviour: The Holy Grail of identity assurance: organisations have more multi-factor authentication choices than ever before Issue 01 |