The success of a biometric system often depends on choosing the right biometric modality, but it isn’t easy. Careful research that includes rigorous comparisons of modality strengths and weaknesses is an important element to help select the right hardware. Factors to consider in the comparison may include: specifications, convenience, usability, acceptability, effectiveness, and budget.
The following is a guest post submitted to M2SYS by Philip Masterson
Studies show that it takes less than 10 minutes for intruders to complete a burglary. The FBI warns in its latest annual crime report that 73.2% of all burglary offenses in the US involved residential properties. Technology is enabling criminals to boost their operations, even making it possible to conduct massive heists off-site. For a household, installing a home alarm system is not the end of the story. It’s imperative to do regular assessments, customizations, and upgrades to ensure the infallibility of home security.
The introduction of biometrics technology was a game-changer in the security system industry. Over the past decade, companies are boosting their product lines that incorporate biometrics into various devices. Here’s a quick rundown of biometric trends you should know.
The strong authentication capability of biometrics is the primary reason why more businesses opt to shift to this security technology. Mary Chaney, a security specialist at GE Capital Americas, said: “If you use dynamic/behavioral biometric measure, like keystroke dynamics, you can gain advantage of two-factor authentication.” Continue reading →
We recently conducted a Twitter poll: “What is considered to be the most accurate biometric modality among the following options?”
We received a large number of responses from our community reflecting the following results:
- 58% chose iris recognition
- 32% chose fingerprint
- Palm vein and facial recognition both got 5% of the votes
It’s interesting that people immediately gravitate towards iris recognition as the most accurate biometric than other modalities, with only fingerprint as a distant second. What is the reason behind the result?
The following is a guest post submitted to M2SYS by Lucjan Zaborowski
Every year it’s a common statement to say that cyber attacks and threats evolve with the evolution of technology. A more alarming statement that would more clearly portray the need for sophisticated security technology is that evolving cyber threats also intrude via firewall perimeters; they overcome SIEM detection & prevention systems (both IPS and IDS platforms). Malware is continuously evolving at great speeds. If security technology systems are not continually restructured, modernized, and updated, chances are that all security efforts currently implemented will go in vain.
According to www.cio.com , a new role of security technology advancement is to have systems address more than just privacy and information confidentiality and include reputation and customer channels. So while organizations are building flexibility, the need of the hour, therefore, is to prepare for future consequences and scalability for high impact security.
If you haven’t heard the news, more banks are adopting biometric technology for customer authentication to increase security. Banks all around the world have been searching for more advanced technologies such as biometrics for better protection against identity theft, fraud, and cyber-crime often perpetuated by stolen customer identities.
Biometrics acts as a strong authentication tool to help secure transactions and also helps to increase customer trust and improve brand reputation. Biometrics in banking has evolved so rapidly across the world that it raises the question as to whether the technology is going to entirely take over banking security. We believe it is.
The following is a guest post submitted to M2SYS by Paul Simmons.
Ecommerce has successfully penetrated into the daily routine of the common man for getting them access to reliable and cost effective products in comparison to those available in the local markets. The ease and comfort of online shopping has facilitated people to get products at home, whereas merchants have also explored these channels to endorse their products to revenue maximization.
Despite the benefits, the eCommerce industry has brought several insecurities to the table regarding the personal and confidential information of customers. The buyers are interested in placing orders online, but the fear of fraud often prevents them from doing so.
As biometric technology deployments continue to spread around the world, we are witnessing a historic shift change in how individuals identify themselves in a variety of settings. We are entering a digital era where the use of passwords to provide access to and security for a host of services has become intertwined in everyone’s lives. However, relying on passwords to secure our identities is increasingly becoming a security risk whereas biometrics has proven to be a more secure and convenient way of self-identification to secure our information without memorizing truckloads of numbers and characters. Biometrics also offers additional benefits such as improving workforce management, more secure online banking, more efficient and equitable government service distribution, and increasing patient safety in healthcare – all examples of why you should embrace the use of the technology to protect your individual identity.
The applications of Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS) are increasingly being adopted by countries all around the globe. Biometric AFIS solutions have proven to be a much more secure and accurate tool to address the problems that traditional forms of identification present.
With a biometric AFIS system in place, government agencies such as border control, election commissions, and law enforcement can ensure accurate identification through unique biometric characteristics.
The world is rapidly evolving fueled by new technologies that exist to create efficiencies never thought possible. In workforce management, many companies are considering the adoption of new technologies such as biometrics to create efficiencies and save money.
For example, fingerprint, finger vein, iris, and palm vein biometrics are common modalities garnering more attention around the world as viable solutions that can be used for individual identification in different areas such as identity management, employee time and attendance, point of sale (POS) access, and more. The use of biometrics to create workforce management efficiencies is a growing trend to increase identification accuracy and security as well as to boost employee accountability, productivity, and business profits.
The following is a guest post submitted to M2SYS by Brent Whitfield. He is the CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc.
Biometric security measures — once considered science fiction — have started to invade our lives. A deeper awareness of identity and data theft has fueled the steady rise of biometrics — which can be any type of natural identification of an individual. Many mobile users now use fingerprint identification technology to login or to pay. And to counter data breaches in the healthcare industry, medical companies have started to adopt an array of security systems that use data from a patient’s fingerprint, iris, veins, or face to protect health records.
The Nature of Biometrics
Biometrics is the use of identification traits such as fingerprints, hand geometry or face topology that links a person to his or her confirmed identity. To provide proper authentication, a biometric device has to have the following basic functionality and flow:
- capture of biometric imprint
- extraction of biometric characteristics
- creation and storage of a template
- comparison for authentication
Once we have proper authentication, we can use biometrics for detailed access control — whether it’s for physical locks, digital accounts, enrollment or surveillance.