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Infographic: The History and Future of Passwords

With World Password Day having passed just last week, we take a look with tech firm Beyond Identity into the history and future of passwords.

The global transition into remote work and distance learning has normalized peak Internet usage, so protective cybersecurity measures are more important than ever The future of cybersecurity has intentions of replacing passwords with certificate-based authentication, as well as enhancing security with risk-based authentication By extending the chain of trust to individual users, certificate-based authentication will provide the same high-level security as TLS methods

Author: Demetrius Harrison

The global transition into remote work and distance learning has normalized peak Internet usage, so protective cybersecurity measures are more important than ever. As we surf the web on our residential networks, we may find stumbling upon unsecured websites more common than ever. The future of cybersecurity has intentions of replacing passwords with certificate-based authentication, as well as enhancing security with risk-based authentication. Here’s what that means.

By extending the chain of trust to individual users, certificate-based authentication will provide the same high-level security as TLS methods. 91% of people know that reusing the same password increases their risk of a breach, but 66% do it anyway. Certificate-based authentication will eliminate the possibility of guessable passwords or “shared secrets.”

Additionally, risk-based authentication takes user identity, device security posture, IP address, and geolocation into consideration to decipher if an access attempt is valid. By considering access history, individual characteristics, and data sensitivity, risk-based authentication can consider risk within a company.

Hackers are finding easier, more efficient ways to hack into passwords by the day. In fact, the first password theft happened in 1962, so by no means is data theft a new phenomenon. With the increased downtime the quarantine provides hackers with, their techniques are only sharpening – taking on new means of social engineering, phishing, and hacking technology. Check out the infographic below for a visual breakdown of the history and future of passwords.

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