Music is the key: using our enduring memory for songs to help users log on
Subjectssound based passwords
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AbstractDevising access control systems to support needs and capabilities of users, as well as the security requirements of organisations, is a key challenge faced in many of today’s business environments. If users are to behave securely, they must not be overburdened with unworkable authentication policies and methods. Yet the prevailing alphanumeric password can be a double-edged sword: secure passwords are inherently difficult to recall and vice-versa. Consequentially, a growing number of alternatives are emerging. In this chapter, the authors describe one novel scheme - a musical password. Musipass was designed with the user in mind and is tailored toward the task of authentication on the Web, where biometric and token-based systems have proved unsuccessful in replacing the flawed, yet prevalent traditional password. This chapter, which includes discussion on current thinking in the field of authentication, will be of interest to information managers, security practitioners, and HCI professionals.
CitationGibson, M., Renaud K., Conrad, M., Maple, C. (2012) “Music is the key: Using our superior memory for songs to help users log on”, in: Gupta, M., Walp, J., Sharman, R. (eds), Strategic and Practical Approaches for Information Security Governance, ch.8, pages 137-157. Technology and Applied Solutions, IGI Global.