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Our first KBAPMP draft is finished. It is temporary hosted at github: KBAPMP_DRAFT. We are building a dynamic KBA sandbox for testing purposes. We need contributors.

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What is KBA-PMP

There is a lack of standard performance metrics regarding the use of knowledge based authentication (KBA) for remote identity proofing. KBA-PMP's goal is to establish standard performance metrics for knowledge based authentication, following a transnational perspective.

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2. Identity solutions will be secure and resilient.

3. Identity solutions will be interoperable.

4. Identity solutions will be cost-effective and easy to use.

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We will be presenting the KBAPMP standard at the OWASP APP SEC USA 2016 in Washington between October 11th and October 14th. For more information about the OWASP APP Sec USA 2016, please visit this link: USA_APPSEC_2016

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September 23, 2016

Knowledge Based Authentication Performance Metrics Project (KBA-PMP) will be at AppSecUSA in Washington DC USA, October 11-14, 2016 for the OWASP Project Summit, for details see

April 20, 2016

First draft is released on github. We are closing our Second Phase. Now is time to Debug and test.

Knowledge Based Authentication Performance Metrics (KBA-PMP) holds its first Project Summit in Amsterdam, Netherlands see KBA-PMP and

May 21, 2015

Co-Project Leaders Luis Enriquez and Ann Racuya-Robbins co-create a Lightning talk on the project's current essential features at the OWASP AppSec EU 2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

OWASP KBA-PMP - Knowledge Based Authentication Performance Metrics Project

Goals - To meet the requirements of the IDESG KBA Solicitation:

KBA PROJECT PHASES (PROPOSAL) Dear KBA collegues, we propose an action plan divided in the following phases:

FIRST PHASE: SCANNING THE MARKET The goal of this first phase, is to understand how KBA is working today (static and dynamic), and how KBA methodologies have been implemented by KBA providers. I think this a good departure point.

  • 1. Footprinting the KBA market providers.
  • 2. Identifying the KBA product providers used by the main market players.
  • 3. Identifying the advantages and drawbacks of KBA provider's methodology.
  • 4. Draw the document's structure.
    • Complete document structure v1
  • 5. Initial Timeline
  • 5. Launch Participant Outreach

SECOND PHASE: DEVELOPMENT Once the advantages and drawbacks of the KBA market have been clearly identified, it would be necessary to have our own platform for testing purposes. This will give us the right perspective about developing a transnational, neutral, secure, and market wise KBA standard. I would also suggest building an open wiki, to get community feedback.

  • 1. Setting an Application for KBA testing purposes.
  • 2. Build an open wiki for community feedback.
  • 3. Test the KBA proposals in our test application.
  • 4. Analyzing the framework in crucial legal areas (such as Dynamic KBA and privacy).

THIRD PHASE: EDITION This phase is very important, as it concerns the text edition. Once all proposals have being tested in our lab, we should translate them into a clear document.

  • 1. Edit the contents of the sources (sources such as the wiki).
  • 2. Release the version 1.0. and license it under the terms of a suitable license.

Initial Overview

  1. Survey and research the Global OWASP Community and other networks to identify and recruit appropriate participation.
  2. Develop Opinion polls, foundations' research, interviews, perspectives on project, input from communities outside of the networks.
  3. Survey and research other standards groups and their interests.
  4. Phase I footprinting
  5. Phase II Development
  6. Phase III Implementation, Lessons Learned, Continuous refinement, Ongoing participation model, etc.
  7. Research Licensing models //

1. Knowledge Based Authentication: Paradigms and Challenges"

Current Contributors

Luis Enriquez
Robert Faron
Bev Corwin
Noreen Whysel

How can I participate in your project?

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If I am not a programmer can I participate in your project?

Yes, you can certainly participate in the project if you are not a programmer or technical. The project needs different skills and expertise and different times during its development. Currently, we are looking for researchers, writers, graphic designers, and a project administrator.