Let me start by saying, wow and thank you to everyone who maintains such a high activity in this community. While I may occasionally share some jibber jabber with all of you, you are all the real champions of this community and I cannot thank you enough for your contributions, feedback and more!

 

This leads me to my segment this week... One I welcome your contributions as always...

 

Trust; But Verify!

 

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This line of thought isn't limited to Authentication, but it certainly shines as a major element of a trust model.

How many times are we put into a position of, "Oh yea, it's all good, no one has access to our systems without two factor authentication!" "What about service accounts?" "...crickets"

 

I've been there. My account to login to look at files, personal email, etc has such a high level of restraint and restriction that they have everything under the sun, username, password, secret pin, blood sample, DNA matrix...   Yet then the Admins themselves, either directly for elevated accounts, or indirectly through Service Accounts, or other credentials are 'secured' through simple password.   "Oh, we can't change the password on the account because it takes too long, so it goes unchanged for 60, 90, 180, never?"

 

Now, not every organization operates this way. I remember having tokens back in the 90s for authentication and connectivity for Unix systems, but that is truly few and far between.

 

I won't even go into the model whereby people 'verify' and 'validate' the individual who is hired to protect and operate in the network as that's VERY much outside the scope of this little blog, but it leaves to question... How far do we go?

 

What do you feel is an appropriate authentication strategy? One form (password), two form (Password+something else) or even a more complex intermixing of multiple methods?

And forget what we 'think' vs what you actually see implemented.

 

What do you prefer? Love, Hate, Other!