Two-Factor Authentication : Selecting and implementing a two-factor authentication method for a digital assessment platform

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från KTH/Skolan för informations- och kommunikationsteknik (ICT); KTH/Skolan för informations- och kommunikationsteknik (ICT)

Sammanfattning: Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is a two-step verification process that aims to provide an additional layer of security by requiring the user to authenticate himself/herself using a secondary means (ownership factor or inheritance factor). Without the use of 2FA, an attacker could gain access to a person’s devices or accounts solely by knowing the victim’s password, while with 2FA knowing only this password is insufficient to pass the authentication check. In this project, we analyze different methods in which 2FA could be implemented by a Digital Assessment Platform. These platforms allow test assessments to be built directly into digital content; therefore, an important requirement of these systems is secure authentication. Moreover, it is important to securely protect teachers’ account in order to avoid unauthorized people gaining access to those accounts. We investigate how 2FA could be used to add an extra layer of security to teachers’ accounts, focusing on cost, user experience, ease of use, and deployment of the solution. We arrived at the conclusion that 2FA through an ownership factor is a suitable method and we implemented a solution based upon One-Time Passwords. This thesis project will hopefully benefit Digital Assessment Platforms who wish to implement 2FA by providing broader knowledge regarding this subject. The project should also benefit society by increasing the general knowledge of 2FA, hence leading to more secure services.

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