When will security get personal?

Friday, 13 September 2002, 3:03 PM EST

Security has become the number one issue for many organisations, aside from staying in business in a slow economy. And yet whilst we have grown used to the constant need to change passwords in the workplace, once we get home our perception of security changes completely.

We all know what it's like, you get to the office, turn on your trusty PC, sign on to the network and then sign on to your email account to gather the messages that have accrued since yesterday. Once you have finished swimming through the sea of red that is your inbox, it's time to get on with some real work and so you log on to a business application.

That everyday process involves three separate log ins and in many organisations will mean three user ids and three passwords to remember. Even in companies using Portal technology to give a personalised view of the organisation, there is still a need to remember user ids and passwords, albeit fewer of them. And even those lucky enough to work for a company using single point of sign on technology, still need to remember at least one password.

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