Title

Authentication Aura - A Distributed Approach to User Authentication

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Dynamic Publishers Inc

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Computer and Security Science / Security Research Centre (secAU)

RAS ID

12834

Comments

This article was originally published as: Hocking, C.G., Furnell, S.M. , Clarke, N.L. , & Reynolds, P.L. (2011). Authentication aura: A distributed approach to user authentication. Journal of Information Assurance and Security, 6(2), 149-156. Original article available here

Abstract

The ubiquitous password or personal identification number (PIN) has been the accepted form of user authentication on mobile devices since their inception. With increasing numbers of owners failing to implement these simple barriers or taking any greater precaution against misuse, the requirement to secure the information contained within has never been so great. This paper proposes a new approach to identity authentication on mobile devices based upon a framework that can transparently improve user security confidence. Information pertaining to user authentication is shared amongst the owner’s devices, collectively enabling a near field adaptive security envelope to be established and maintained around the individual; the user’s Authentication Aura.