Information Systems Education Journal

Volume 12

V12 N5 Pages 16-22

September 2014

Employing two factor authentication mechanisms: A Case Study

Cameron Lawrence
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59802, USA

Eric Fulton
SubSector Solutions

Jerry Evans
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59802, USA

David Firth
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59802, USA

Abstract: This case study examines the life of a digital native who has her online accounts hacked, passwords reset, and is locked out of important online resources including her university email account and Facebook. Part one of the case study examines how the hack was perpetrated and the fallout of losing control of one's digital identity. Part two of the case study details how the main character recovered her accounts, simultaneously providing readers with the tools necessary to protect their own digital identities. Specifically, this case focuses on the use of two-step authentication schemes along with the generation, use and management of complex passwords. We then provide a set of discussion questions along with suggested lab activities that will show students how to implement the technologies discussed in the case. This case is intended to be used at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This case complements the model curriculum objectives in IS 2010.1 and IS 2010.7.

Keywords: IS 2010.1, IS 2010.7

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Recommended Citation: Lawrence, C., Fulton, E., Evans, J., Firth, D. (2014). A Digital Native is Hacked: A Case Study. Information Systems Education Journal, 12(5) pp 16-22. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2013)