DARPA Plans to Drop Passwords, Use Behaviors for ID

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will eventually use continuous identity verification instead of passwords, GCN reports.

DARPA announced the move in a broad agency announcement solicitation in January last year.

Proposals for the agency’s Active Authentication program were due March 6.

Desktops with constant high activity do not have the technology to determine if the registered user is still the one using a workspace for prolonged periods, according to GCN.

DARPA said creating complex passwords from formation, memorization and management is considered unnatural.

Active Authentication will use cognitive fingerprints such as intrinsic and behavioral traits as markers of user identification, according to GCN.

DARPA will develop the system for open application programming interfaces to allow quick addition of biometric software and hardware updates, GCN reports.

DARPA said the first phase of development involves researching biometrics which are already used for most two-factor authentication systems.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology plans $10 million in awards for projects that can help create identities beyond user names and passwords.

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