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Jeremy Grant: NSTIC Aims to Eliminate Passwords by 2020

Jeremy-GrantThe National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is working to develop new security methods with the goal of replacing the password by 2020, FedScoop reported Wednesday.

Jeremy Grant, senior executive adviser for NSTIC, told FedScoop’s John Breeden II that he sees the two-factor authentication or token security models as the future of identity management.

“Passwords are a disaster from a security perspective. We want to shoot them dead,” Grant told the publication.

He said agencies at present are unable to deploy applications due to lack of identity assurance with which to “verify the person on the other end,” according to report.

“Passwords aren’t secure enough for the agency to be sure that the person on the other end isn’t a proverbial dog on the Internet,” Grant told FedScoop.

The NSTIC head said the Connect.gov initiative will serve as a stepping stone toward replacing passwords, the report says.

Users will be able to use a shared credential for low-level transactions on multiple government websites through Connect.gov, Breeden writes.

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