KEYSTONE, COLORADO: Traditional computer identity authentication systems will never work, and a totally new approach to online security is needed, a Gartner distinguished analyst has claimed.
Bob Blakley argued in a provocative presentation to the Cloud Identity Summit 2011 that every authentication technology has glaring weaknesses, and that the industry is stuck in a rut.
"Authentication is a disaster. In the future we will stop authenticating. It doesn't work and it's a pain in the neck to use. It's better to do recognition," he said.
Blakley went on to say that everyone online leaves digital footprints which can be used for identification and to establish trust.
Applications like Google Goggles are already showing the usefulness of such systems, and are more reliable than traditional authentication methods, according to the analyst.
If someone has digital footprints on social networking media that data can be used to authenticate people, he said. This is more reliable than standard authentication and is much more likely to weed out imposters.
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