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FBI Cybersecurity Security Expert Abagnale On The Real Cause Of Blockbuster Security Breaches And The Breakthrough Technology That Could Eliminate Passwords

Frank Abagnale, the teenage check forger turned FBI security expert popularized in the film "Catch Me If You Can," spoke with CRN about the cause of blockbuster cybersecurity breaches, why Equifax is the worst breach he has ever seen, and the revolutionary technology that could eliminate passwords.

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Abagnale Is Determined To Eliminate Passwords

Frank Abagnale, an FBI cybersecurity specialist and identity fraud expert, says passwords are an antiquated technology that should be shelved once and for all in favor of proven new identity authentication technology.

"I have said for years we have got to do away with passwords," said Abagnale, who singles out passwords as a weak link opening the door to identity fraud. "Passwords are the evil cause of all the problems we have. On top of that passwords are stagnant. They are a 1970 technology that is long past due."

Abagnale is an advisor and passionate advocate for technology developed by Trusona that eliminates the need for passwords with a secure authentication platform that was first developed for the CIA.

Trusona, in fact, was originally developed as a "very high-level security technology for (CIA) agents out in the field to send data back to the field office," said Abagnale. "The field office needed to know 100 percent that the person on the other end of the device was in fact their agent."

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