I am a Hacker, a Password, a Smartcard, YOU... Who Are You, Really? The State of Authentication (2021 Edition)
Who you are is one of the simplest facts about someone and one of the first things you learn to say in a language class, “I am Chad.” However, convincing computers of this fact is not so simple… Computer scientists have been struggling with this problem since the advent of the computer and still haven't quite figured it out. You likely have way too many passwords, a pocket full of keys, a few smart cards, some apps on your phone, and “security” questions about your dog, elementary school, and mom’s maiden name to answer a simple question: “Who are you?”
In this presentation, I will provide a brief history of the various authentication methods that have been attempted over the years, highlighting the pros and cons of each. Then, we will look into our crystal ball and cast some predictions on where the world is heading in the future. We’ll do our best to answer questions like, “when can I finally Forget My Password?” and “what the heck are all of these SMS messages for?” I will hopefully be able to convince you that we can most certainly do better than we are doing today and provide a roadmap for a better tomorrow!