CWIC 2022 - Max Smith-Creasey, BT

Future Authentication

Traditionally, we have authenticated via something we know. This has led to passwords being the predominant form of authentication for many years. However, passwords leave users inconvenienced and fighting against security for usability. This leaves users reusing passwords and basing them on obvious information. More recently, we have seen a shift to biometric authentication (e.g.: via faces or fingerprints). This is a significant step forward in authentication because it is convenient, always with the user, and not dependent on user-selected information. However, there are limitations in current biometric authentication systems. The primary issue is that once unlocked, the device does not re-authenticate. Recent research has shown that continuous biometric authentication systems can collect a plethora of biometrics via device sensors (e.g. accelerometer) to authenticate users in real-time. This presentation will discuss the concept of continuous biometric authentication and how it can be the authentication mechanism of the future.

About Max Smith-Creasey

Max-Smith-CreaseyMax Smith-Creasey is an award-winning cyber security research scientist at BT plc. His primary research interests involve future authentication technologies and biometrics. The research he has led has resulted in publications in international conferences, articles in leading journals, and patent filings. This research has received numerous awards and recognition. Before entering research, he worked as a software engineer. Currently, he is also an Expert Fellow at SPRITE+ and the Vice-Chair of the IEEE UK & Ireland Cyber Security Group. He has studied at King's College, University of London, and City, University of London. He resides in Suffolk in the UK.

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