Proposition to AFCEA on Military Use of Expanded Password System
AFCEA called for propositions for ‘2020 Solution Review Problem Sets’ which was intended to answer to U.S. Army Chief Information Officer who is seeking solutions to emerging or existing challenges (*1).
We submitted an abstract of our proposition (*2) for Item #3 and were notified that our abstract is kept on-file as a backup and will be included in the compendium of the abstracts that is made available to CIO/G6 leadership.
As mentioned in the abstract, our proposition is not a hypothesis, but is substantiated by the trouble-free military use in the field from 2013 till now with the number of users increasing 10-fold and set to continue to increase further.
*1 AFCEA 2020 Solution Review Problem Sets
*2 Our Abstract
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Panic-Proof Identity Authentication
< Brief Bio >
Advocate of 'Identity Assurance by Our Own Volition and Memory'. Member of Kantara Initiative, which is itself a member of AFCEA. Promoting the concept of Expanded Password System that accepts images as well as texts, which is intended to be a legitimate successor to the time-honored seals, autographs and text-only password systems.
< Brief Abstract >
Most desirable would be an identity authentication measure that is practicable when we have lost cards/tokens, injured and panicked in a chaotic situation. For it, we need to rely on the deployment of credentials that can stand stress and panic. Making use of autobiographic memories, especially episodic image memory, would make it feasible; images of toys, dolls, dogs and cats, for example, that we and our children used to love for years would jump into our eye even when we are placed in heavy pressure and caught in severe panic.
What is practicable in an extreme environment can be practiced in everyday environment, though the reverse is not true. Such an authentication system that copes with the panicked people can be operated for all the everyday applications, too, as a stand-alone authenticator, as a factor of multi-factor schemes and as the master password of ID federation schemes.
This is not a hypothesis. This solution has a 7-year history of the trouble-free military use in the field in one of the OECD countries.
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