Authentication Tools Are Getting Better; Don’t Get Stuck in the Past


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?”

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Long Past Time to Fix Evidence-Sharing Across Borders

By: Bryan Cunningham, Senior Advisor, The Chertoff Group
SourceThe Hill

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." 

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How to Keep the Internet Free and Open

By: Michael Chertoff and General James Cartwright
Source: Politico
The U.S. has long held a minimal oversight role over the internet. It's time for that to end.
In the upcoming months, the U.S. government faces a critical decision: Should it relinquish its limited oversight role over a critical component of the Internet? The decision concerns the Internet's Domain Name System - the system that allows users to reach sites ending in .com, .org., .uk, .bank and many other designations. For nearly two decades, the U.S. has helped oversee this crucial component of the global Internet. And for many years, Washington has been committed ultimately to fully privatizing the system, withdrawing the oversight role of the Commerce Department, and leaving it in the hands of a private California-based organization. But now, there are some who want to abandon that plan and keep the government involved.
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Resolving the Encryption Debate Requires Betting on Innovation

The recent debate over the scope and role of encryption highlights the tension around law enforcement’s efforts to preserve public safety and respect individual privacy.The high-profile dispute between Apple and the FBI encapsulates this debate, seemingly pitting law enforcement against Silicon Valley.It need not be that way. In fact, this debate misses the far bigger point.Most agree that America’s technological expertise is a key pillar of our economic growth. Fewer understand that it’s also a key pillar of our national security. American excellence in pioneering disruptive technologies and ideas not only invigorates Americans and our economy, it also assists in safeguarding our shared homeland security interests.
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