Google Introduces Physical Security Keys as Defense against Phishing Attacks
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By LTC Steven Howard, U.S. Army (Ret.)
At the recent Google Cloud Next ’18 convention, Google introduced its hardware-based answer to phishing attacks: tiny USB security devices called Titans.
Google revealed that its 85,000 employees have been using hardware-based security keys for months. None of its employees has fallen victim to phishing attacks.
US Military Has Used Physical Security for Government Computers for Almost Two Decades
The U.S. military has been using Common Access Cards, also known as CAC cards or “smart” cards, since 2002. These “smart” cards serve as both identification for a servicemember and as a two-factor authentication device. All government computer systems require the CAC card to be inserted into a computer before access is granted.
Titan Devices Simplify Log-In Process
Google wants to simplify the current two-factor authentication process, which often involves SMS text messaging. With the Titan device, users can quickly log into their accounts simply by inserting the device into a USB port and pressing a button.
Pricing for the Titan has yet to be announced. However, cybersecurity experts expect Titan to cost between $20-$30.