MIT launches authentication consortium

Consortium aims to expand the Kerberos network authentication protocol into a universally used single-sign-on security authentication platform.

If MIT has its way, consumers will be enjoying the same single-sign-on authentication and authorization system that large corporations have been able to deploy.

MIT launched on Thursday the Kerberos Consortium, whose backers include Google, Sun Microsystems, Apple, Stanford University and the University of Michigan. The consortium is looking to take the Kerberos network authentication protocol and create a universal authentication platform to safeguard computer networks.

Although the protocol was initially developed for MIT's Project Athena and has been around for more than two decades, it has mainly been available to large corporate networks and not to John Doe consumer.

But with the surge in phishing attempts and other security threats on the rise, the single-sign-on authentication and authorization systems are viewed as another tool to combat identity thieves.

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