In the Future, No More Passwords

The new iPhone 5S will feature a fingerprint scanner that lets users log into the phone. Google, the makers of the mobile Android platform, have already been tinkering with password-free logins for computers and other hardware within their own headquarters. So what does this mean for your business’ security?
Passwords, no matter how jumbled or complex they are, can be hacked. It’s becoming easier every day for hackers to access secure information. The new revolution in security will likely come from biometric sensors (such as the iPhone’s) or devices worn in clothing to identify individuals. Google’s newly acquired Motorola division has been experimenting with all kinds of ways to wear or embed a unique identifier impervious to anything a remote hacker might do.
According to a recent interview with Google’s manager of information security, Heather Adkins, small businesses should prepare to hire one person to monitor cybercrime security per every 25 people they employ (as reported by CNET). On the CNET article, she also talks about “customers getting compromised” and the “weaponization of offensive cyber technologies.”
For your own business’ network, thinking about ways to authenticate users beyond traditional passwords may become a reality. In the meantime, check that your network’s security protocols are up to date. Viruses are no longer the biggest threat; it’s labor-intensive attacks by real people.
Our previous blog, “7 Ways to Keep Your UC Environment Secure” touched on some important ways to protect your network.
It will be very interesting to see where Apple and Google find a resolution for the problems they are experiencing with password security.