<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/GPU_cluster_for_password_cracking_2012_200x.jpg” alt=”” width=”101″ height=”77″ />Today’s notion of safe passwords may soon be a thing of the past. Thanks to cheaper hardware, cloud software, and free password cracking programs, it’s easier than ever to hack these digital keys. Just how easy? Earlier this week, a custom-built GPU cluster tore through 348 billion password hashes per second during the Passwords^12 Conference in Oslo, Norway.
As the popularity of cloud-based applications continues to grow, IT departments will increasingly turn to federated identity as the preferred means for managing access control. The advantage is that it enables the enterprise to maintain full and centralized control over access to all applications, whether internal or external.
GPU technology threatens IT security model.