Title

Strategies for Improving Secure Authentication

Date of Award

5-27-2009

Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Organizational Unit

University College, Informtaion and Communications Technology

Disciplines

Computer Information Systems

First Advisor

Carl Shinn

Keywords

Access, Authentication, Authorization, Cryptography, Encryption, Identification, Password, Security, Strategies

Abstract

This paper discusses the challenges to secure authentication and strategies for improving it. This paper is intended for a technical audience with a background or interest in information technology, telecommunications, and information security. The author reviews fundamental concepts in authentication and describes the weaknesses associated with basic password authentication. This paper then describes select current methods and technologies used in identification and authentication systems, as well as their benefits and weaknesses. From this, the author analyzes the concepts that can be applied to improving authentication mechanisms at a foundational level. The goal of this project is to add to the body of knowledge on the subject of secure authentication and to suggest areas for further research and development.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

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