Password Strength Is Not Password Security

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Password Strength is not Password Security
Kevin Marino
November 11, 2013

MSCC697, Regis University

Professor Garcia

Password Strength is not Password Security When password security becomes the topic of conversation it generally focuses on how strong a password is and whether or not the user reuses a password across multiple sites. While these aspects can affect password security, there are certain measures that the server side of the authentication process can implement to increase security without the user changing their habits. This approach would solve many of the security problems that authentication servers are facing. The goal of this study is to determine a set of best practices that can be implemented to increase security without the intervention of the user. While passwords may not be around forever, due to the introduction of new authentication hardware, they will be around until one of these hardware become mainstream and readily available to the general public. These practices will offer greater security until that time comes. User authentication in today's world generally requires a user name and a password. Though the strength of the user's password is generally seen as the base line for security, the authenticating server can implement certain security measures that can compensate for weak passwords. One main factor for considering different security measures is the advancement of brute force attack techniques on passwords. These techniques make even very strong, by accepted standards, random character passwords susceptible to being cracked through brute force cracking techniques (Gosney, 2013). With the number of services requiring log in credentials, often comprising of a password, the risk of account compromise grows, leading to the need of more secure authentication techniques. There are a…...

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