Chief Operating Officer, Crowe Soberman (Canada)
In recent years the understanding of what the most critical criteria of what makes a password most secure has transitioned from complexity of the password to the length of the password, or pass phrases. However, weak passwords continue to be a target of attackers and common vulnerability in attacks...
Viewpoints from Crowe
Viewpoints from Crowe
In recent years the understanding of what the most critical criteria of what makes a password most
secure has transitioned from complexity of the password to the length of the password, or pass phrases. However, weak passwords continue to be a target of attackers and common vulnerability in attacks.
The criticality of password security, specifically the use of multi-factor authentication (MFA), has become more of a focus as organizations have supported a more robust remote working capability during the pandemic. Additionally, insurance companies have started demanding organizations have MFA as a requirement of cybersecurity coverage. Most organizations focus on MFA though smartphone notifications or one-time passcodes (OTP).
Adoption of security controls is always more successful when the impact on users is minimized. Lower-friction authe ntication solutions help achieve this goal of increasing security without increasing complexity. Innovations in authentication security will continue to push the boundaries of secure authentication, further reducing friction without sacrificing security.
In addition, these innovations will help with the success of zero-trust infrastructures. Organizations leveraging behavioral biometrics report fewer breaches. Leveraging frictionless solutions will help seamlessly authenticate a user when accessing organizational resources, establishing trust at the time resources are being requested.
The frequency and impact of data security incidents will continue to grow until organizations adopt more advanced security controls. Innovation within authentication solutions will be imperative to support future security programs that are resilient in the face of ever-evolving threats.
"As we reach the third anniversary of the pandemic, it is clear that the resulting upheaval in society has disproportionately impacted women. Never has it been more important for businesses to focus on creating an environment that supports equity and inclusion, and one that continuously examines systemic barriers and unconscious biases. Women have made progress over the last few generations, but those advancements have been unacceptably slow. The events of 2020 and beyond have thrown into harsh focus the question of why things have not changed in a more material way for yet another generation of women and girls. Leaders who are prepared to ask tough questions, effect meaningful change and demand that their entire organization focuses on breaking down barriers will be the true visionaries of the post-pandemic period."
National Head of Private Clients, Crowe UK