Publication on EDPACS of Taylor & Francis
Taylor & Francis has published an article of mine on its EDPACS (EDP Audit, Control and Security Newsletter) at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07366981.2019.1663966
Abstract: The text password, which is a section of the secret credentials, is known to be too hard to manage. Secret credentials are absolutely necessary for digital identity in democratic societies. We could look for something other than the text password as the valid secret credential.
Three big myths are rampant in the sphere of digital identity. These are ‘Higher security achieved by removal of password’, ‘Passwords killed by the biometrics that is dependent on passwords’ and ‘Passwords displaced by PIN that is no more than a weak form of numbers-only password’.
Unraveling these myths, we come to the conclusions that we must look for something really valid in the sphere of ‘Non-Text Password’ and that the identity of ‘citizens’ cannot be separated from their volition and memory while the identity of ‘things’ can be handled only technologically. Our own autobiographic memory, especially episodic memory, enables us to come up with the most reliable digital identity platform, bidding farewell to the unsafe and torturous identity proofing.
Below is the core logic of our discussions.
Assumption: The gains of cyber age would turn against us if connected computers were placed under bad guys’ control. Reliable digital identity is the key to keep off bad guys.
1. Secret credentials are absolutely necessary for digital identity in democratic societies.
2. The text password, which is a section of the secret credentials, is known to be too hard to manage.
3. We could look for something other than the text password as the valid secret credential.
What can be simpler and plainer than this transparent logic? Perhaps only except when being distracted and blinded by vested interests and sunk costs.
The composition and format are different, but the aim in essence is the same as my earlier writing “What Our Episodic Memory Brings for Identity Assurance’ .
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