White House official says biometric authentication should replace passwords

October 10, 2014 - 

Michael Daniel, the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, recently spoke out against passwords as a security measure, and in favor of more sophisticated identification technology such as biometrics.

According to a Washington Times report, Daniel said fingerprint readers have been emerging and that they will eventually become as common as cell phone cameras. “Hard” card readers and other authentication gadgets could also replace passwords.

“Frankly, I would really love to kill the password dead as a primary security method because it’s terrible,” Daniel stated.

He made these comments Thursday at the event “Building a Cybersecurity Roadmap: Developing America’s Edge” hosted by the Monitor and The Center for National Policy.

As the US President’s top cybersecurity adviser, Daniel’s comments come with great authority, and at a time when criminal hacking attempts have become worryingly commonplace.

US government spy agencies inadvertently also helped drive companies like Apple to rollout of new privacy features like Touch ID to try to protect their customers from government surveillance.

The Obama administration has, so far, not made a major push towards requiring private companies to take specific cybersecurity measures – partly because regulation cannot keep up with the pace of technology. However, Michael Daniel says they are planning on bringing some “small” cybersecurity legislation before Congress by the end of the year.

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