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Kudelski Security 2018 Predictions: The end of passwords/single factor sign-on and a return to paper ballots

VMblog Predictions 2018

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2018.  Read them in this 10th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

Contributed by Andrew Howard, Chief Technology Officer, Kudelski Security

The end of passwords/single factor sign-on and a return to paper ballots

A lot of security lessons were learned the hard way in 2017 which will certainly lead to changes in policies across the board in 2018. As organizations strive to stay out of the cybersecurity headlines, we will see some move forward with more secure tactics and methods of security and we'll see others entertain a step back...

Companies will finally abandon the password as single factor sign-on

In 2018, many more companies will finally abandon passwords as the sole factor of identification and adoption of multi-factor authentication will grow much more common. The breach at Deloitte will amplify the necessity to move away from the password and deploy more secure methods for granting access to accounts and IT systems. The need for increased security will become a focus as major stewards of sensitive information continue to make headlines, damaging their reputations and public trust.

Going back to paper ballots for mid-term elections

In light of the current perceptions of the IT landscape, one state in the union will utilize a voting method for their mid-term elections that no hacker can affect, not even Russia: paper-based ballots. Influenced by public, and not unfounded, distrust in the security of today's technology, one Governor will declare they are "done with voting machines" and return to paper ballots on election day. Just like the Romantik Seehotel Jaegerwirt in Austria, after having had their electronic door locking system shut down by ransomware earlier this year, decided to go back to the one method for room access that couldn't be hacked: keys.

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About the Author

Andrew Howard 

As the Chief Technology Officer for Kudelski Security, Andrew Howard is responsible for the evolution, development and delivery of the organization's technology strategy and solution architecture, including selecting and validating third party technologies and managing research, development and labs.

Prior to joining Kudelski Security, Andrew was a Laboratory Director at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, spearheading the information security research and advisory programs. He has served as advisor on emerging security threats to Fortune 250 CISOs and government bodies and has extensive experience as a security architect, strategist and technical leader. Andrew has an MBA in Management of Technology and a master's degree in Information Security from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

Published Friday, November 03, 2017 7:40 AM by David Marshall
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