Published in The Hill on September 8, 2017 by Raz Rafaeli
The Equifax data breach this week has quickly become recognized as the quite possibly the worst breach in history. Although other hacks dwarf the Equifax incident in sheer size and volume, the Equifax breach is particularly severe due to the breathtaking amount of highly sensitive data it has left open to criminals.
The breach calls into question the entire model of authentication prevalent in the world of information security today. Utilizing user personal details such as mother’s maiden names, social security numbers, and other security questions to authenticate users has once again been demonstrated to be an easily circumventable method for hackers to get around.