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“We feel that at every authentication point there should be a number of pre-auth risk analysis checks accomplished to help you determine whether this valid user identification is trustworthy enough to allow or deny or step it up for further challenge with another factor.” says Block. He adds that some of SecureAuth’s consumer-focused customers are moving in this direction, but the industry as a whole isn’t there yet.

Most experts don’t see the password disappearing anytime soon, but there is real opportunity to reduce the number of passwords people need to manage. This is particularly true for corporate systems. “We’ve seen companies go to what they say is passwordless but what I’ll say is the reduction of reliance on passwords,” says Block. “If their employees manage 20 different passwords today, maybe they can get down to managing five and the rest are done with some other kind of primary authentication.”

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