In the 2004 action movie National Treasure, Nicolas Cage needs to guess a not-so-complex password and lift a fingerprint in order to break into the National Archives building and steal the Declaration of Independence. Movies often make stealing two-factor authentication so simple, but is it really that easy? And what if the second factor wasn’t a password at all? Could Cage have broken in?
It turns out there is a strong belief that passwords might indeed be obsolete and perhaps even a detriment to security, according to a recent survey of 236 information security professions conducted by SC Media and research firm C.A. Walker. The survey was sponsored by SecureAuth.