The White House is funding efforts to wipe out the password as the primary security code used to access sensitive data online.
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Officials and cybersecurity experts say the password is inherently weak and frequently misused, with easily hacked phrases like “password” and “123456” putting bank accounts, Social Security numbers and other sensitive information at risk.
“It’s probably the highest vulnerability there is,” said Keith Ward, CEO of the Translogbal Secure Collaboration Program (TSCP), a company chosen by the White House to work on securely transmitting sensitive data between defense companies.
For many, the ultimate goal is to “kill the password,” which has become a favorite refrain for White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel.