Top biometric identifiers: Risks & rewards

October 18, 2016 - 

This is a guest post by Dr. Asem Othman, a biometric scientist at Veridium.

While biometric identifiers offer the promise of enhanced authentication compared to prevailing norms, like passwords, their tight, and often unique, linkage to a person makes them highly valuable data to hackers. Hackers who steal, replicate or modify biometric identifiers can cause serious harm to organizations and individuals, since the biometric identifiers of an individual cannot be easily “reset” like passwords.

To further explore the potential benefits and pitfalls of different biometrics, we’re hosting a webinar on the Top Biometric Identifiers: Risks & Rewards on October 27, 2016, at 1:00pm EST. I will discuss five different biometric identifiers (single fingerprint, four fingers, voice, face, iris), their level of accuracy and usability, and the privacy and security risks associated with them.

VeridiumID is an end-to-end solution that ensures a secure environment for complete protection of biometric data and communication between mobile devices and back-end servers. Built on an open standard, it is one of the most flexible solutions on the market today.

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About Asem Othman

Dr. Asem Othman has more than seven years as a researcher and developer in the biometrics space. During his doctorate research at West Virginia University, he developed a system of protecting and storing biometric templates using visual cryptography, which Veridium uses today in it's VeridiumID solution. Dr. Othman performed his postdoctoral research at Michigan State University before joining the Computer Vision team at Veridium and leading development on their 4 Fingers TouchlessID technology. Dr. Othman holds 3 patents/patents pending, and has published a variety of journal articles, conference papers, and key research entries.