General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) , Multi-factor & Risk-based Authentication , Next-Generation Technologies & Secure Development

How Authentication Must Evolve in the Age of GDPR

Forticode's Tony Smales on Regulatory, Human Behavior Challenges
Tony Smales, CEO, Forticode

In this age of mandatory data breach notifications across the United States, Australia and soon Europe - among other areas of the world - as well as privacy regulations such as the EU's General Data Protection Regulation and evolving notions of data usage and consent, organizations are facing more authentication challenges than ever, says Tony Smales, CEO of Forticode.

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"There's new strictures coming into play that are making it [so] you've got to have a better way of ensuring that people are who they are when they are accessing critical information," he says.

Another sometimes conflicting challenge with users is that "people don't like being told what to do," he says. "They don't like having things made harder, so therefore authentication has some really interesting challenges of how do I enforce those strictures whilst at the same time making it easy for people to get in and do what they need to do on a daily basis."

In a video interview at RSA Conference 2018, Smales discusses:

  • Top challenges with the current state of authentication;
  • Addressing the competing agendas of security and privacy;
  • What the authentication landscape will likely look like in five years, especially as organizations increasingly rely on artificial intelligence and biometrics;

Smales is CEO and managing director of Forticode, based in Melbourne, Australia.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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