All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis


RSA: Vint Cerf lays down unified authentication gauntlet

28 Feb 2013
vint-cerf-2010

One of the early architects of the internet is calling on the security community to develop an authentication platform for next-generation technologies.

Vint Cerf issued a challenge to attendees at the 2013 RSA conference to develop an improved authentication system which would provide public and private keys to help consumers authenticate their presence on multiple devices, platforms and services easily.

The IT icon suggested that as new devices gain internet connectivity and users access new services, a system to verify signatures would become essential. Cerf's plan would bring a single platform that would not only authenticate users but also allow them to verify purchases and assign their signatures on documents.

"There are all kinds of details we have to work out in order to make sure this can be trusted as much as physical signatures," Cert told the audience at his keynote address.

"We certainly don't want the digital environment to be any less trusted than the physical world is."

Cert admitted that the challenge was a daunting one. He said that he has no specific plan for how his theoretical platform would be constructed and could not offer and specific descriptions.

Rather, he said that the security community as a whole should consider the possibility of such a platform and begin development on the technologies which could someday make it a reality. Without such a system, he said, the security sector risks falling behind the advancements made in other parts of the IT space.

"As we introduce more computing power into these devices, someday the headline may be 'attack of the refrigerators," Cerf joked.

"There might be 100 or 200 devices associated with us, we don't want them to be interfered with."

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
Shaun Nichols
About

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for V3.co.uk. He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

More on Security
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus
Poll

Work location poll - office, remote or home?

Where do you spend most time working on your primary work device?
65%
5%
0%
0%
30%
0%

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
LG G Flex 2 hands-on review

CES 2015: LG G Flex 2 video

A closer look at LG's latest curved-screen smartphone

Updating your subscription status Loading
Newsletters

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button
mubaloo2

Beacon technology: what are the opportunities and how does the technology work?

This paper seeks to provide education and technical insight to beacons, in addition to providing insight to Apple's iBeacon specification

ibmv3may

Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

Web Developer (PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, OOP)

Key Skills: Web, Developer, Programmer, PHP, JavaScript...

CRM System Support & Development Manager

At the University of Derby, people are at the heart of...

CRM System Officers

At the University of Derby, people are at the heart of...

HTML Email Developer

At the University of Derby, people are at the heart of...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.