Identity & Access Management


Education Level: Intermediate

5314 - Strongest First Factor: Password-less Secure Logins in Your MFA

Tuesday, September 26
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Passwords are the ubiquitous first form of defense and they are inherently static, suffering from several attacks such as phishing and key logging. Second factors (tokens, out-of-band SMS text messages) and third factors (biometrics) come at the expense of convenience and add resilience. But they still rely on the password as first-line factor.

This presentation gives an overview of a novel, hybrid, zero-knowledge, password-proof solution that is at least two orders resilient to all the attack vectors that traditional passwords are vulnerable to . Yet it retains the “password experience.” Key benefits include (a) avoiding complex password policies in terms of variance/strength; (b) less need to change passwords on a regular basis; and (c) effortless compliance with several regulatory standards. In combination with single-sign-on protocols and as desired additional factors, the solution can provide a stronger online authentication than any scheme with passwords.

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Girish Chiruvolu

Information security and Risk Manager

Dr. Girish Chiruvolu is a passionate security professional with subject matter expertise in several domains. He authored numerous whitepapers and 19 patents. He holds a M.B.A. in finance and marketing and a Ph.D. in computer science and a regular speaker at several Dallas/Fortworth security events qnd had taught graduate level data networks, security and applied cryptography. He is a member of ISC2 and ISACA chapters in Dallas, TX.


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5314 - Strongest First Factor: Password-less Secure Logins in Your MFA

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