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Dr. Sayonnha Mandal is a Lecturer of Cybersecurity in the College of Information Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). She received a Masters in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters in Cybersecurity from UNO. Dr. Mandal earned her doctorate in Information Security from UNO, with a focus on software security requirements modeling and analysis. Her research interests include cybersecurity curriculum development, information security policy and governance and quantum cryptographic implementations. Moreover, she has experience in teaching a variety of cybersecurity courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels including Digital forensics, Foundations of Cybersecurity, Intro to Cybersecurity, Cryptography, Security Policy and Awareness and Computer and Network Security.

What are passkeys? A cybersecurity researcher explains how you can use your phone to make passwords a thing of the past

Passkeys are digital credentials stored on your phone or computer and are analogous to physical keys. You access your passkey by signing in to your device using a personal identification number (PIN), swipe pattern or biometrics like fingerprint or face recognition. You set your online accounts to trust your phone or computer. To break into your accounts, a hacker would need to physically possess your device and have the means to sign in to it. Dr. Sayonnha Mandal, cybersecurity researcher, believes that passkeys not only provide faster, easier and more secure sign-ins, they minimize human error in password security and authorization steps. You don’t need to remember passwords for every account and don’t need to use two-factor authentication.

Subjects: Cybersecurity, Privacy