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Password authentication resources

Learn where you can find literature regarding the need for stronger password authentication, in this Ask the Expert Q&A.

Where can I find literature regarding the need for stronger password authentication?
This has become a hot issue ever since the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released its guidance last October recommending financial institutions to use two-factor authentication for Internet banking.

The FFIEC's document (http://www.ffiec.gov/pdf/authentication_guidance.pdf) is a good starting point.

SecurityDocs.com (http://www.securitydocs.com/Authentication/Passwords) has some great links to articles about different password solutions and stronger alternatives to passwords.

Also, I offer some common tips for strengthening passwords in chapter 7 of my book, The Little Black Book of Computer Security, entitled "Putting Software Access Controls in Place."

This was first published in February 2006

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