From the buzz in the technology press over the last two weeks, one might think that end times are nigh in the world of authentication. Several media outlets wrote stories discussing NIST’s recent proposal around use of SMS-based solutions for digital authentication in the U.S. government, with headlines like “NIST axes SMS-based two factor authentication” and “U.S. government says SMS codes aren’t safe – so now what?”
Chertoff Group Senior Advisor Bryan Cunningham writes "Everyone agrees that the current international order for sharing evidence in criminal prosecutions is broken ... There are steps, however, that could advance the much-needed process of modernizing international evidence gathering and, more importantly, better protect privacy and civil liberties and help save U.S. internet-based businesses from being trapped between inconsistent legal obligations in the U.S. and overseas. One such step would be legislation improving the U.S. laws governing international evidence exchange while, at the same time, encouraging our allies and other countries to do likewise."