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The first enabler is identity security, or technology which ensures that a user is really who he or she says they are. Symantec wants to invent new ways to provide positive identification across the Internet.
For instance, Symantec, which in August acquired VeriSign's identity and authentication business, has done a lot of work in user authentication, such as moving from hard tokens to soft tokens.
However, Salem said, there is a lot of work to be done.
"If you believe there will be 10 billion smart devices in 2014, and these smart devices have geolocation capabilities, there's a set of things we think about privacy," he said. "Think about it this way. I have this device in California, and somebody tries to log in from New York as me. If you geolocate a computer in New York and a device in California, now you know there's a problem. Ask them a challenge question."
Symantec is also looking at security of individual devices as well. "A four-digit PIN is not sufficient," Salem said. "We need to have better ways of securing this device."
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