Accession Number : ADA224245
Title : A Comparison of Password Techniques for Multilevel Authentication Mechanisms
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.
Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
Personal Author(s) : Zviran, Moshe ; Haga, William J
Report Date : Jun 1990
Pagination or Media Count : 40
Abstract : Various mechanisms for authenticating users of computer-based information systems have been proposed. These include traditional, user-selected passwords, system-generated passwords, passphrases, cognitive passwords and associative passwords. While the mechanisms employed im primary passwords are determined by the operating systems' manufacturers, system designers can select any password mechanism for secondary passwords, to further protect sensitive applications and data files. This paper reports on the results of an empirically based study of passwords characteristics. It provides a comparative evaluation on the memorability and users' subjective preferences of the various passwords mechanisms, and suggest that cognitive passwords and associative passwords seem the most appropriate for secondary passwords. Keywords: Computer security.
Descriptors : *DATA BASES , *INFORMATION SYSTEMS , *DATA PROCESSING SECURITY , COMPUTER APPLICATIONS , SENSITIVITY , MANUFACTURING , FILES(RECORDS)
Subject Categories : Computer Systems Management and Standards
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE