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Requiring Strong Credentials: What's Taking So Long?
January/February 2010 (vol. 12 no. 1)
pp. 57-60
Both industry and federal agencies are resisting a stronger authentication and authorization infrastructure. The reasons have little to do with available technology and everything to do with users' and system owners' resistance to change. Users think credentials based on usernames and passwords are adequate because financial transactions demand nothing more. System owners need to view user digital certificates as a way to improve efficiency and reduce risk.

1. L. Koontz and B. Farrell, "Implementation of Identification Cards and DoD's Personnel Security Clearance Program Need Improvement," US Gov't Accountability Office, Apr. 2008; www.gao.gov/new. items/d08551t.pdf.

Index Terms:
Smart IT, cybersecurity, public-key infrastructure (PKI), digital certificates, authentication, authorization
Citation:
H. Gilbert Miller, James L. Fisher, "Requiring Strong Credentials: What's Taking So Long?," IT Professional, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 57-60, Jan.-Feb. 2010, doi:10.1109/MITP.2010.34
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