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Rmit to Tackle Single Sign-On Issues By Developing Continuous Authentication

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A collaboration between business and academia aims to address security issues related to single sign on.

Australia's RMIT University is conducting research into overcoming security issues with single sign on by developing continuous authentication as part of a partnership with CA Technologies.

Credit: CIO Australia

RMIT University is collaborating with CA Technologies to research the security issues surrounding single sign on, which offers a convenient way to log into websites but also makes it easier for hackers to gain access to all of a user's services if the credentials are compromised.

RMIT professor Serdar Boztas and his team in the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences will focus on continuous user authentication and identifying user behavior patterns that indicate a high risk of a company's valuable assets being stolen or manipulated by hackers.

The researchers will use machine learning and modeling to create different user profiles and determine the level of risk associated with an asset or resource. They plan to develop a hierarchical, multifactor authentication system that continuously checks profiles and monitors user behavior in an automated way.

Moreover, the team will develop dynamic risk assessment for the system. "When the authentication confidence level is less than the risk level of the requested resource, a higher level of authentication would be needed," Boztas says. "In addition to the continuous authentication of the user, whenever there is a mismatch of the authentication confidence and risk assessment of the resource request, the user will be required to provide additional authentication."

From CIO Australia
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