NSTIC: Making A Case For Trusted IDs And HIE

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | June 12, 2013

Thirty-eight percent of adults think it would be easier to solve world peace than remember all their passwords – and many would rather undertake household chores such as scrubbing their toilet than even try.

That’s according to James Sheire, a senior advisor at the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), speaking at the Government Health IT Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

“As we all know,” Sheire said, “usernames and passwords are hopelessly broken.”

Most Americans have 25 username and password combinations, on average, and tend to use the same ones over and over again, he added, rendering even slightly complex ones including capital letters and numbers as veritable keys to the kingdom.